To assist community with their waste sorting, a Norfolk Island Residential Waste Guide has now been developed. The guide is a concise yet comprehensive tool, teaching us about the different waste streams, and the best ways to dispose of our items via Council’s Waste Management Centre.
Residential Waste Guide - Back
Long-life liquid cartons (also known as UHT cartons, or Tetra Paks) cannot be recycled anywhere in Australia, so unfortunately must be disposed of in general waste. Long-life cartons are made from a combination of cardboard with thin layers of plastic and aluminium stuck together to make a waterproof seal known as poly-al. If you are creative, think of ways to reuse these cartons around the home or business. In the Prinke Eco Store you will find some purses made from these cartons!
Carpet Your Garden
If you are making a new garden bed, why not use an old piece of carpet to kill the grass instead of using nasty chemicals. This is an easy way to repurpose something that would otherwise be exported for landfill, reduce your carbon footprint, AND eliminate dangerous chemicals from your property.
Stockpile of Big Tyres
The Norfolk Island Waste Management Centre currently has equipment capable of shredding standard cars tyres. However, larger tyres are being stockpiled until such time that a larger shredder can be purchased. So when you buy your next car, consider the fact that smaller cars are better for the environment.
Take Your Tops Off!
Metal lids (and their plastic linings) wreak havoc in our oceans. So before you dispose of your glass bottles please remove the tops. Metal bottle caps such as those on glass beer and wine bottles can be recycled. However, they are quite small and either slip through in the sorting process or have the potential to jam the recycling plant machines. The best way to recycle them is to keep a collection of them until you have a few and then put them inside another container made of the same material (such as a tin can made of steel or aluminium) and squash them closed so the small lids don’t fall out. Tip: To check what type of material a lid is made of, use a magnet. A magnet will stick to steel, but not to aluminium. Alternately, the Norfolk Island Waste Management Centre have containers specifically for metal lids! Mainaut yorlyi en kiip auwas worta kliin.
Sorting Your Lids
Don't throw away your plastic lids! They can be recycled to make prosthetic limbs for disabled children using 3D printing. Lids4Kids Australia is a grass-roots 100% volunteer project which aims to rescue plastic bottle lids from landfill to benefit our environment and partner with community workshops to recycle and repurpose them into sustainable recycled plastic products to benefit kids. They regularly supply millions of lids to Envision Hands for recycling. Thank you for removing your lids!!!!! The recent response has been so overwhelming that extra containers are now in place at the Waste Management Centre to accommodate the supply. To ensure correct lid sorting, please follow these simple guidelines... 1. Please rinse all lids. 2. PLASTIC LID BINS are only for milk bottle lids, UHT lids, softdrink lids, water bottle lids (but not pop tops), and bread clips. These are the recyclable lids that are sent away to 'Lids 4 Kids'. All other plastic lids should be placed in the plastic chute. 3. ALUMINIUM LID BINS can be placed here including jar lids, wine bottle lids, and beer bottle caps. Every 10,000 lids make one hand or arm!
Proper Disposal of Covid Waste
Don't be a tosser! Masks and gloves are a helpful addition in the fight against COVID-19 if used correctly. However, we urge everyone to dispose of single-use masks and gloves responsibly. Don’t put disposable masks or gloves in the recycling. Most contain soft plastics and cannot be recycled. They can also get caught in recycling equipment and be a hazard to waste management workers. Place them in with general waste. There's been an unwelcome rise in disposable masks littering our environment. Always dispose of single-use masks and gloves responsibly.
No More Paying to Export Food Waste!
Removing all food scraps from general waste will save Norfolk Island about $300k every year! All general waste from the island has to be compacted and exported. In 2020, Norfolk Island exported 345 tonnes of general waste at a cost of approximately $1M. Research revealed that unfortunately 32% of Norfolk's general waste (by weight) was contaminated with food. Please separate your food waste and place in the organics bin at the Waste Management Centre.
Repurpose Used Paint
Did you know that all paint brought to the Norfolk Island Waste Management Centre is decanted into a pod and is stockpiled for exported landfill? A lot of the discarded paint is still usable. Next time you want to do a small painting job, perhaps you could see if there is any at the WMC that you could repurpose. Get creative… you could even mix your own colours!!
Grow Your Own Food
Not only can growing your own food be extremely satisfying and rewarding, it can also reduce your cost of living and reduce the amount of waste you produce -because you won’t need to buy as many packaged products from the supermarket. Nothing beats home grown veggies … good for the waist and good for your hip pocket as well.
Keeping It Green
Next time you have green waste to drop off at the Waste Management Centre, try and deliver it freshly cut. Green leaves are an important nitrogen source and a valuable resource for the Hotrot composting machine. Once dried, plant waste loses its composting goodness.
Aluminium foil is 100% recyclable! Even the foil you peel off your yoghurt in the morning (rinsed, naturally), and the aluminium baking trays. However, tiny pieces of foil will fly away from the sorting line or get stuck in places, so make sure to save up your foil into a scrunched up ball so that it’s easier for the machines to pick up. Alternatively, tiny pieces of foil (including chocolate foil) can be shoved inside an aluminium can. Because aluminium foil is recyclable, it is a better alternative than plastic wrap.
Eco-friendly packaging is making waves around the world. Substituting eco-friendly packaging alternatives would make a massive difference to the waste generated from imported goods to Norfolk Island. Companies like BioPak create alternatives that are safe for our HotRot compost machine - meaning that our community doesn’t pay to export this waste, and we get quality compost too! Miekduu, Mainaut, Miekhies!
Repurposing Concrete and Ceramics
The Council are working with a private contractor to crush old concrete and ceramics into aggregate – for use in cement and road base. Products that can be repurposed includes old toilets, tiles and bathroom sinks. If you are renovating, separate these recyclable products and place them in the assigned area at the Waste Management Centre.
Bigger Not Always Better!
Are you thinking of upgrading your car? Before you buy, consider this… On Norfolk Island, disused cars and other metals are all crushed in the car baler. Bigger cars need a lot more processing before crushing because engines and axles need to be removed. A small car however can be placed in the car baler whole, crushed, and wrapped into a neat little cube for export - significantly reducing the cost to the community.
Have you had to dispose of any pesky chooks from your garden? Take them to the Waste Management Centre and place them into the ORGANIC food scrap bins. A simple and quick solution – plus they are a great resource for the Hotrot composter.
Valuable Rotting Fruit
There are often times of glut on the island when fruit trees are bearing more fruit than you could possibly use. If you let the fruit rot on the ground, it breeds pests and vermin. Rotting fruit however is a valuable resource for making compost in the Hotrot machine at the Waste Management Centre. Organics such as rotting fruit can be brought to the WMC free of charge. The more organic waste delivered to WMC, the more cardboard WMC can compost = reducing the cost of exporting cardboard.
Snip Your Rings!
It's a simple action that only takes a second. By cutting through plastic rings, such as on milk bottles and jar lids, rubber bands, and hair ties before disposing of them, you can save an animal's life. Each year, thousands of birds and sea creatures are strangled, obtain significant injuries and often die horrific deaths from discarded litter. Please snip your rings to protect these precious creatures.
Household batteries should be placed in the special drum at the Norfolk Island Waste Management Centre. Small batteries are packaged and exported with the car batteries. Please separate them from your general waste - because they are really hard for the rubbish sorters to find!
ORGANICS are a valuable resource to the Norfolk Island Waste Management Centre, used to make compost. WHAT ARE ORGANICS? • Food scraps • Uneaten leftovers • Bread and cereals • Dairy products • Fruit and vegetables • Meat and fish • Bones • Coffee filters and grounds • Tea bags • Egg shells • Out of date food • Hair • Cooking oil and fat • Used paper towels and napkins Reuse a small bucket or ice cream container for organics, then keep in the freezer until you are ready to go to the WMC and drop off frozen. Once you separate organics, the rest of your waste won't smell!
Go Without a Plastic Bin Liner!
Every single bag that arrives at the Norfolk Island Waste Management Centre needs to be physically opened and sorted, so eliminating bags reduces work AND reduces waste! Set up a recycling area at home - one container for each waste stream. No need to buy plastic bins or containers - cardboard boxes work just as well. Take sorted waste containers to Waste Management Centre, then empty waste into the correct chutes/bins. Bring waste containers home to fill again.
Our Ocean Spared 200m3 of Waste in Two Months!
From November 2021 to January 2022, the following was diverted from being tossed into the sea: • 150m3 of timber waste • 40m3 of other bulky waste • 12m3 of hard plastic waste Prior to the Headstone facility being closed, this waste would have been burnt, and the ashes/remains tipped into the ocean. In other words… Norfolk Island has avoided approximately 100m3 of waste being burnt and tipped into the ocean each month!!!
Local Hero - Aura Lanterns!
Wow!!! Look how this local business is repurposing wine bottles and turning them into glassware! Well done Aura Lanterns! Congratulations on reducing waste and turning it into a practical reusable product.
Local Hero - Wilde Bebe!
Check out this new local business supporting The Norfolk Wave's mission - to protect auwas natural environment and boost the island's circular economy. Wilde Bebe boasts a range of biodegradable and compostable nappies, along with other awesome environmentally-friendly baby products.