All big Australian cities have programs where the local governments collect rubbish to be used again, rather than just throwing it all away. It sounds like a good idea, and today on English Bites we're going to find out more. We’re also going to look at what 're-' before a word means and what saying '-able' after it does.
HEATHER STEWART: Every time you drop rubbish into your yellow recycling bins spare a thought for the plant workers who have to sift through it.
Vanessa Fisher has been working at Darwin's Recycling Centre for the last four years and is fed up with sorting through people's contaminated waste.
Some products people throw into the bins jam the processing machinery and many items place the health of the workers in jeopardy.
VANESSA FISHER: I seriously think that they don't realise that we sort through these bins we actually have our hands in there and we actually are sorting through the rubbish.
IAN MCCOLOUGH; Nothing surprises me any more. We get all sorts in the bins. We have had car engines, gearboxes, pushbikes, you name it.
HEATHER STEWART: Ian McColough won't pick up yellow bins containing plant matter because such rubbish either clogs the machinery or contaminates the rest of his load causing it to end up as landfill.
IAN MCCOLOUGH: The frustrations when people put the wrong things in the bin! If they are full of palm fronds from the garden and what not we tend to leave them behind, being unrecyclable.
HEATHER STEWART In the long-term, the NT Environment Centre would like to see all packaging made recyclable. This glass is contaminated with plastic bottle caps and paper.
KIRSTEN BLAIR: It's really time now, the Government can no longer ignore the fact that waste management is something the community wants to see addressed.
HEATHER STEWART In the short-term, Territorians can make a difference by avoiding waste in the first place, buying reusable, refillable, repairable and recyclable items and then putting them in the right bin.
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a-able & -ible
form adjectives that mean ability, tendency, worthiness or likelihood
Something that can be eaten is eatable.
-ible is a variant of -able
Something that causes horror is horrible.
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