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National Recycling Week a reminder to reduce, reuse and recycle

It’s National Recycling Week and Tasmanians are being encouraged to improve their recycling habits by finding out what can be collected in their council area.

People can take steps to help with recycling, by rinsing bottles and cans before placing them out for collection or keeping a recycling box or bin in the kitchen, which reduces the number of times they have to walk outside to the recycling bin.

Worm farms can be really good fun with the kids, who enjoy seeing food scraps turn into useful garden material.

Recyclables can be turned into a wide range of things, for example daily newspapers contain between 20 to 40 per cent old newspapers, and aluminium cans are often made from 100 per cent recycled content.

Plastic bottles from PET can be recycled into new polar-fleece clothing, carpet and even surfboards.

Tasmanians are being asked to get into the habit of recycling at home, at work, at school and when out and about.

Current estimates suggest that commercial and industrial waste comprises approximately 30 per cent of the total waste stream, and only about 44 percent of that is recycled or reused.

The Environment Division's Maree Bakker and Rowena Zwart have put together a display in the foyer of the Lands Building in the Service Tasmania shop.

Among the items on display are a seat, bollards and a rubbish bin made from recycled plastic milk containers and a document wallet comprising foil washing detergent sachets.

Annie Beecroft has held a workshop with teachers to encourage youngsters to use recycled objects in art projects and Annie will lead an activity at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery on Friday to build a mandala from junk.