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Awake to the Fun of Recycling

Date: 23-Sep-15
Author: Emily Donnelly

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There are so many bits and bobs in products out there that I didn’t know could be recycled and until I started working for Planet Ark, I never noticed just how much plastic was in everything.

I had a moment of realisation about my eco-footprint shortly after joining Planet Ark in October 2014. An eco-awaking if you will.

Before then I always considered myself somewhat environmentally aware and knew how to recycle stuff and sort my rubbish (so I thought). It wasn’t until I walked into our office on my first day when I noticed multiple different stations where one can deposit whacky and weird things for recycling, that I realised I had so much more to learn.

Specifically, it was the moment during National Recycling Week where I discovered that I could recycle aerosol cans. No judging please because I was not alone. Sixty six per cent of Australians don’t know what to do with used aerosol cans – hint, they are recyclable!

Since then, it has been an interesting and fun learning curve. There are so many things I discovered could be recycled and really easy ways to change some bad habits that I didn’t even know I had.

Things That I Didn’t Know Could Be Recycled, But Actually Can!

These are just a few small changes and things that I’ve learned in the last 12 months that I have found to be really easy to sustain. Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect at it and yes there are times when I catch myself buying a bottle of water or drinking from a straw. But I am happy with the fact that I have decided to make some changes and will over time incorporate more, the more I learn about different initiatives and discover new ways to do things.

When was your eco-awakening and what changes have you made at home to reduce your impact?

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