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Recycle Right Today - Tops off for recycling lids


Every day Zero Waste SA answers many questions about recycling – from how to recycle lids to what to do with dog poo. Every question is a good question and shows that South Australians are key recyclers.

Tops off for recycling lids

Until recently we were told that plastic bottle tops had to be placed in the waste bin. The good news is that now these can be recycled. Place tops in a clean plastic milk bottle and when it’s full, place in the recycling bin. Couldn’t be easier!

Why do the lids have to be taken off?

Lids must be taken off bottles and jars before recycling. If left on, the tops trap air inside the bottle or jar which means the bottle can’t be compressed when it is baled for recycling.

Why can’t lids just go loose into the recycling bin?

If left loose in recycling bins the small size of lids can cause problems with the machinery at the VISY Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where recyclables are sorted.

Does it have to be a plastic milk bottle or can I use any bottle?

Yes it must be a milk bottles as even with a lid on they can compact without splitting or forcing the lid off. This makes them a perfect container for collecting small hard plastics such as lids and bread tags. Most other plastic bottles will break open and the lids will fall out loose.

Need more advice?

You can visit the Recycle Right search engine www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/at-home/recycle-right for tips on what to do with items that cannot be placed in your kerbside bins, such as oils, e-waste, light globes and household chemicals.

Or call the Recycle Right Hotline on 1300 137 118.

411 Magill Road St Morris, SA 5068 Australia (08) 8333 3478

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