With the environment, greenhouse gases and global warming 'hot topics' around the world, recycling is one of the easiest things you can do at home to help save the planet!

The benefits of recycling are endless, but some examples include:

  • Reducing the amount of rubbish sent to landfill
  • Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reducing your carbon footprint
  • Reducing dependence on non renewable resources

Council makes recycling simple - just make sure you put the right items in the right bin! The yellow lidded recycling bins are collected fortnightly from houses, or weekly from unit complexes. 

What can I put in the recycling bin?

  • Cans - steel, aluminum and empty aerosols
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Milk & juice cartons
  • Newspapers, cardboard, magazines
  • Plastics classified PET 1 and HDPE 2 (look for the recycle symbol with #1-2 in the middle)

Make sure you wash all bottles, jars and cans before placing them in your recycling bin. Only one unwashed jar can contaminate an entire load, making it unable to be recycled. 

If you have any questions about recycling in Palmerston, including collection days and what can be put in your recycling bin, contact Council on (08) 8935 9950.

National Recycling Week 11-17 November

We all know it; single-use plastic is something to avoid EVERY TIME we have the chance. The Palmerston community is getting involved, and that is what is really going to make a difference here and beyond our little bit of the planet. So are you looking for a practical AND FUN way to reduce the use of the single-use plastic bags in our community? 

Here are a couple of interesting activities that YOU can get involved with, and both are coordinated by dedicated Palmerston locals! Check out other great Palmerston-based recycling initiatives below, or let us know of other at palmerston@palmerston.nt.gov.au


Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags is about making bags, diverting waste, starting conversations, connecting with each other, fostering sustainable behaviour, and having fun!

You and your friends can be involved in any or all of this process. Contact Palmerston’s own Boomerang Bags Coordinator, Colleen Bandy on 89895290 or 0439996452 to volunteer, find out about the next monthly Sewing Bee or donate materials. 

The group uses donated fabric including curtains, sheets and pillow cases to make the bags, so the fabric is recycled; an even more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags.

Have you got anything suitable to donate? Chat to Colleen about ways YOU might help, even if you don’t feel that you are a ‘sewer’. The group also needs people to pin or iron fabric, make cuppas etc.  If you are keen to find out more about this huge network, and download resources, go to: https://boomerangbags.org/

Lids for Kids

Rosebery’ Primary School’s hub of Student Voice Positive Choice are collecting lids for Envision Australia. (Envision ES is a community-based not-for-profit organisation in Victoria that focuses on supporting and assisting longer-term job seekers with practical programs.)

ENVISION HANDS is their project to collect plastic recyclable lids destined for landfills and turn it into filament for 3D printers, then MAKE PROSTHETIC HANDS for kids in developing countries overseas, and temporary ones for kids here. The program is so successful they are stockpiling lids so they can keep up with ongoing demand!

Contact Leisa Beynon on leisa.beynon1@ntschools.net if you think YOU can help and be involved locally!  

For more information: https://envision.org.au/envision-hands/ 

Recycling programs

Council is committed to sustainable living.  We will therefore endeavour to provide you with a list of recycling opportunities within in the city to discard your unwanted goods and remove these products for becoming landfill:

Totally Work Wear (36 Georgina Cres, Yarrawonga) will take unwanted work boots and transform them into rubber matting to reuse in their stores.   
p: 8931 0501 
w: www.totallyworkwear.com.au

Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association (PaRBA) accepts donations of sports shoes, in children and adult sizes for players/children in need of shoes. Donations can delivered to the Palmerston Recreation Centre during the Youth Drop-in Sport session held Monday-Thursday from 3.00pm-5.00pm and Fridays from 6.00pm-8.00pm.    
m: 0400 548 416
e: Parba.nt@outlook.com

City of Palmerston Council Offices (1 Chung Wah Tce) are happy to take possession of your old unwanted mobile phones with a collection box situated in the foyer of reception, recycling phones to raise money for Youth Cancer Prevention/Treatment. For more information on recycling old/unused mobile phone please visit Mobile Muster.


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