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Learn English: Recycling and reuse in Australia

Recycling and reuse
Let's learn about recycling and reuse in Australia.

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In Australia we encourage recycling and reuse, and try to prevent waste in a number of ways. Read on to learn about what 'clothing bins' and 'garage sales' mean.

A 'garage sale' is when you sell your unwanted household items through a 'stall' at your home. This could be in your garage, driveway or garden.

Garage sale
Garage sale.

An 'op shop' (which is short for opportunity shop) is a retail store run by a charitable organisation and usually staffed by volunteers. The op shop sells donated clothing and household items, which are 'second-hand'.

If something is 'second-hand' it means that the item was previously owned by someone else. Op shops help to minimise waste and generate an income for charitable organisations.

A rack of clothes at an op shop.
A rack of clothes at an op shop.

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A 'clothing bin' is a large container in a public place (such as a car park, park or street) where you can donate wearable clothing and shoes that you no longer need. These donated items can then be sold in op shops or given to charitable organisations.

A clothing bin
A clothing bin.

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A 'container deposit scheme' is a program where you get a refund for recycling plastic bottles or cans. South Australia and the Northern Territory both have container deposit schemes, and other states have plans to introduce them. In South Australia, you can get 10 cents for every bottle or can that you recycle. The materials from these bottles and cans are reusable.

Using a reusable coffee cup, or mug, for your takeaway coffee is another way to reduce the amount of plastic cups and lids that go into the rubbish bin.

A reusable coffee cup and a mug
A reusable coffee cup and a mug.

ABC: Allison Chan

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