Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Batteries contain toxic elements such as cadmium, nickel and mecury. Batteries when disposed of through the Household waste bin go directly into landfill, where they can threaten our environment and cause serious health risks to humans. Batteries contain a high proportion of valuable materials which can be recovered and reused.
Council has placed a RecyclePak battery recycling bucket at the Council office, located in the Civic Centre and at the Port Lincoln Library for community members to use to recycle their household batteries - AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, alkaline, carbon zinc, silver-zinc/silver oxide batteries, button batteries and rechargable batteries - Nickel Cadmuim (NiCd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH). Such batteries are commonally found in clocks, radios, remote controls, torches, cameras, hand held games and MP3 players etc.
Batteries that are not accepted are Lithium, Wet Cell and Lead Acid such as large car batteries. These batteries and any other battery can be taken direct to the Resource Recovery Centre for recycling.
It is important that the right items go into your household recycling bin to help our recycling process. The incorrect items in your household recycling bin can damage our equipment and can slow up the sorting process.
The following items are acceptable for your household recycling bin:
Paper & Cardboard: (Place loosely in bin)
egg cartons, food boxes, empty pizza boxes, envelopes, newspapers, magazines, books, junk mail, telephone books, toilet rolls, empty matchboxes
Drink & Food Cartons:
milk & custard cartons, juice containers, fruit boxes, ice cream cartons, cereal boxes, margarine tubs, takeaway containers
Metal Cans & Tins:biscuit & coffee tins, empty aerosols, food, drink and pet food cans
(tip: place the lid from cans and jars in a can and squash down to hold lids in)
chocolate & biscuit trays, alfoil trays, detergent, cleaning products, spray bottles, drink bottles, shampoo, conditioner, cosmetic bottles, yogurt, ice cream and butter tubs
Rigid Plastic items such as plastic chairs, storage boxes, PVC pipe, office document trays should be treated as waste items ie place in household rubbish bin and/or take to the Resource Recovery Centre as these items when you try and bend them break/shatter and do not go pass through the recycling press and block correctly.
all empty beverage & medicine bottles, jars and condiment bottles
A helpful tip is to rinse all cartons, cans, tins and containers before placing them in the recycle bin.
It is important that items that are not recyclable are placed into your household Waste Bin. By not placing recyclable items into your household waste bin helps reduce the amount of waste placed into landfill.
The following items should be placed in your waste bin and NOT into your recycling bin:
Broken glass, windscreen & window glass, glass and crockery (bowls and cups), cutlery, mirrors, pyrex, straws, chip packets, lolly and chocolate wrappers, cigarette butts, nappies, old toys, tissues, fabric, linen, clothing, cleaning cloths, sponges, plastic bags, plastic bottle caps, polystyrene (meat trays etc), foam, foam rubber, cling wrap, string, rope, plastic strapping, wire, netting, dirty pot plant containers, video and audio tapes, memory cards.
For more information on recycling you can contact the Council office on 8621 2300.
Your used fluorescent globes and light bulbs (compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) Fluorescent tubes, Incandescent globes and Halogen lamps, tubes and bulbs) can all be recycled by taking them into any Mitre 10 store or True Value Hardware.
Place your light globes and fluro tubes for recycling into the containers supplied at Mitre 10 Port Lincoln, free of charge.
City of Port Lincoln is a partner with TechCollect, a free national recycling service for e-waste - computers, computer accessories and TVs. It means that households and businesses can drop off their end-of-life and unwanted e-waste at the Port Lincoln Resource Recovery Centre for free.
To find out more about TechCollect visit www.techcollect.com.au or to find out where your e-waste goes after it is dropped off at the Resource Recycling Centre visit www.techcollect.com.au/where-does-our-e-waste-go/.
Televisions, fridges, washing machines, dryers and printers can all be recycled by taking them direct to the Resource Recovery Centre at no charge.
Printer cartridges can be recycled however should not be placed in your household recycling bin, there are 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection points at various participating stores that you can take and drop off your used inkjet, laser and toner cartridges, toner bottles, fusers and drum units.
Visit www.recyclingnearyou.com.au/cartridges/PortLincolnSA for collection points in your area.
Need more information
If you have any questions or require further information on waste and recycling, please contact:
City of Port Lincoln
Infrastructure & Regulatory Services Team
9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 8621 2300