After finding several concerning items in recycling pickups, an Australian recycling and waste management company reminded residents of what not to toss in bins.

October 30, 2023

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After finding several concerning items in recycling pickups, an Australian recycling and waste management company reminded residents of what not to toss in bins.

Veolia, a recycling and waste management company, has said that over the years, it has found several items that cannot be recycled but more importantly are a danger to workers at facilities. Items include a samurai sword, explosives, a cow cut in half, ammunition, a donkey’s head, syringes, drugs, a car engine, and more.

"We even had something a few years ago that looked like a fully wired bomb at our Clyde transfer station in NSW," Craig Barker, Veolia chief operating officer of resource recovery, told Yahoo News Australia. "That saw the whole place cordoned off and the bomb squad called in."

"It turned out to be a very realistic-looking movie prop. These all make for good stories, but the other side of the coin is that many of these items can put the people in our sorting facilities at risk. So, putting the right rubbish in the right bin isn't just important for recycling and sustainability, it matters for the safety of the people working in the industry too."

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