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Audit reveals recycling advice is needed

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Bundaberg Regional Council waste and recycling portfolio spokesperson Cr Tanya McLoughlin is encouraging residents to Recycle Right

Residents are invited to seek one-on-one recycling advice from Council after a recent survey revealed more than half of home recycling bins were contaminated.

Bundaberg Regional Council waste and recycling portfolio spokesperson Cr Tanya McLoughlin said collections staff recently undertook an anonymous sample survey with disappointing results.

“Staff examined the contents of 46 home recycling bins and, of those sampled, 52 per cent had some form of contamination,” Cr McLoughlin said.

“This includes simple things like placing recyclables in plastic bags. This cannot be sorted and will end up in landfill.

“But more concerning was the fact that 85 per cent of the contaminated bins actually had general waste items in them.

“As well as our commitment to the environment it’s important to keep our recyclables clean for the Impact Community Services staff that hand sort the materials.”

Cr McLoughlin encouraged anyone unsure about how to Recycle Right to get in touch with Council for some recycling advice.

“Our customer service staff can help to answer those niggling questions you might have about what is and isn’t recyclable and for any of those trickier questions our waste and recycling staff are always happy to help,” she said.

“Recycle Right stickers are also available free from Council Customer Service Centres which residents can place on their recycling bin lid as a reminder of common things that can and can’t be recycled.”

Cr McLoughline said for anyone seeking some recycling advice there were also resources available on Council’s website including Recycle Right tips and the comprehensive A-Z guide for recycling.

To contact Council call 1300 883 699. 

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