The amount of non-recyclable material being disposed of through kerbside recycling bins has been reduced by 27 per cent through the Recycle Right program.
The program is Bundaberg Regional Council’s latest waste education campaign introduced last year in conjunction with a plastic recycling trial.
Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesperson Cr Scott Rowleson said the reduction was positive news with the State Government waste levy set to take effect on July 1.
“The introduction of a waste levy means knowing what you can and can’t recycle is not only highly beneficial for our environment but will result in major cost savings at our recycling facility,” Cr Rowleson said.
“If non-recyclable materials make it to our recycling centre, and an exemption from paying the levy is not granted by the state, Council and facility operators Impact Community Services may have to cover the cost of the levy to dispose of it to landfill.
“If the levy was applied to this waste at $75 per tonne this reduction in contamination would equate to a saving of $64,200 per year.
“That’s a magnificent result and a significant cost saving to ratepayers.”
Recycle Right educational campaign
Cr Rowleson said the Recycle Right campaign had involved the creation of information flyers and videos but had also addressed recycling habits one-on-one with residents.
“Our waste collection trucks are equipped with great technology now which makes it much easier for us to identify areas for improvement.
“Cameras allow our staff to watch the contents of bins spill in to the truck and identify contamination like green waste or soft plastics.
“They can then leave those houses with Recycle Right information to increase community awareness about good recycling habits.
“Council has also partnered with Impact to conduct an educational program that assesses entire streets and provides feedback to residents.”
Find out how you can recycle right at bundaberg.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s customer service team on 1300 883 699 for answers to any specific recycling questions.