Aluminium is recyclable here on Norfolk Island and can be placed in the ‘aluminium’ chute at the Waste Management Centre.
However, all aluminium must be clean and free from food scraps and please ensure any foil is rolled up into a tight ball. The size of a golf ball to tennis ball ensures that the foil doesn’t get lost during processing. If you can, save up your foil ball and keep adding to it at home until you have one the size of at least a golf ball – then take it to the Waste Management Centre.
Another tip is - if you have an empty aluminium can just place the clean foil inside!
The Waste Hierarchy, an internationally recognised evaluation process for waste management, states that avoiding the waste is the best management method, followed by reducing, reusing and recycling. If you do use aluminium foil and aluminium foil trays – wash them after use along with your dishes and reuse them. They can also be placed in the dishwasher on the top shelf for reuse. Once they are ready for disposal, provided they are clean and free from food contaminants, they can be placed in the aluminium recycling chute at the Waste Management Centre.
Recycling aluminium cans saves 95 per cent of the energy it would take to make new metal from bauxite ore.
Thank you to the community for your efforts for placing your recyclables in the correct chutes at the Waste Management Centre. However, there is still a volume of recyclable wastes that ends up at Headstone to be burnt and disposed at sea. Please note that aluminium does not burn and has a very high melting point therefore any aluminium cans and foil that are commingled with your non-recyclables are visible after the burn and all material burnt at Headstone is then disposed of into the ocean. In addition, loose sheets of aluminium foil are often blown away in the wind after the burn due to the lightweight nature of the foil.