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How to Prepare Your Bottles and Cans for Proper Recycling!

May 13, 2020

Are you looking to start with bottle and can recycling at your Adelaide home but don’t know where to start? One of the best ways to get started is by recycling your bottles and cans. These items, when disposed of incorrectly, can cause serious harm to the environment. However, when these containers are recycled the benefits can be just as significant. What’s best is that the process of recycling bottles and cans is simple and doesn’t require much effort. In today’s post, we’ll walk you through the prep process and show you how to prepare your containers for recycling.

Preparing for Bottle and Can Recycling in Adelaide

Remove Any Residues From Containers

Do you know what plastic bottles and metal cans have in common? Besides the fact that they both can be recycled, these items are both frequently used to package edibles. For this reason, it is extremely important to take time to thoroughly cleanse each container from any organic residue. If not removed, small amounts of residue can become breeding grounds for bacteria, leading to foul odors and the spread of disease. Additionally, any bottles and cans containing residues won’t be accepted at recycling depots. Before your next visit, take time to rinse out your containers and allow them to dry completely.

Remove Caps From All Bottles

When bottles are recycled, plastic containers are melted as part of the process. This allows old plastic bottles to be transformed into pellets that can later be molded into new bottles and containers. However, the resins in plastic bottle caps and rings have different melting points than the bottles themselves. Therefore, this components need to be separated early on, so they can go through separate recycling processes. Before you make a visit to your Adelaide bottle recycling depot, make sure you prepare by removing all caps from your bottles ahead of time.

Avoid Mixing Other Items With Your Recyclables

One of the most common issues we see at the bottle and can recycling depots in Adelaide is the incorrect sorting of items. Many people sort items by material, without discriminating by their form or state. For example, a lot of people mix in scrap metal along with their aluminum cans based on material similarity. However, not all facilities are equipped to process scrap metal and these metals bits can be dangerous to workers at recycling centers. Before dropping off your recycling, make sure to double-check that you are taking only approved materials.

Bottom Line

Need help managing your bottle and can recycling? At Thornton’s Adelaide Recycling Hub we can help you out. Our conveniently located depot is well equipped to accept all your bottles, cans, and cartons. Our 7-day pickup service and on-site drive-thru drop off operations make us the best choice for Adelaide’srecycling community. Before making a visit, make sure you prepare your recyclables properly by following the guidelines above.


If you have any questions or require additional information, contact us by calling 08 8443 7416 today!




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