Recycle right: educating Australians to recycle properly
Although recycling and sustainability is an important issue for many Australians, there remains a great deal of confusion among residents and households about the regulations and standards around the practice of recycling.
The Andrews Labor Government has released an education kit to help councils better communicate with their residents from culturally diverse backgrounds about waste, recycling and litter.
‘Engaging with culturally diverse communities on waste, resource recovery and litter – a kit for educators’ has been produced by the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group in consultation with metropolitan council waste educators and culturally diverse engagement specialists.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio says, “We want to help all Victorians, regardless of their background, work together to minimise the amount of waste we send to landfill and maximise our recycling efforts.”
As the Victorian population continues to grow, so does the percentage of those from non-English speaking backgrounds. The latest census data shows more than 28 per cent of Victorians were born overseas, come from more than 200 countries and speak over 260 languages and dialects.
The kit will help metropolitan councils communicate effectively with these diverse groups, so they have a clear understanding about what can be recycled and how to do it – boosting recycling rates across their municipalities.
“Research shows multi-cultural communities support recycling but sometimes lack a clear understanding of how to do it correctly – this kit will improve their knowledge, and increase recycling,” D’Ambrosio says.
It is hoped that the kit will give Australians from all walks of life a clearer understanding of the recycling method and its regulations, to act as a guide and give them the tools to recycle correctly and thus contribute to the country’s sustainability goals.
The education kit is one of several initiatives being delivered by the Labor Government to deliver the community and environmental benefits in the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan.