Tweed recycles to save landfill
RUBBISH-savvy Tweed has extended the life of the Stotts Creek Landfill.
In just more than six months under the new yellow-lid recycling bins, almost 6000 tonnes of recycling has been collected, Tweed Shire Council's waste management co-ordinator Adam Faulkner said.
Residents are now recycling more than half of the materials put out for collection.
“Tweed residents were ready to recycle more and we simply gave them the opportunity to do so with the multi-bin system,” Mr Faulkner said.
“The results have been beyond our expectations, and only seem to be improving. We are well on our way to being best-practice in waste management, recycling, and keeping valuable resources out of our landfill.”
Waste operations officer Wes Knight said 52 per cent of rubbish was now being recycled rather than going to landfill.
“This has extended the life of the Stotts Creek Landfill,” Mr Knight said.
“We expect this rate to increase steadily as people become more aware of what can and cannot be recycled.”
Mr Knight said the majority of recycled material included newspaper, cardboard, cans, plastic containers, plastic bottles and glass. The recycled materials are processed at the Stotts Creek recycling plant, ready to be made into new materials.
More than 2000 tonne of garden waste has been captured collected.