Environmental education officer Sascha Piotrkowski takes time out to talk to Kingscliff Mini School students about recycling.
Environmental education officer Sascha Piotrkowski takes time out to talk to Kingscliff Mini School students about recycling. Scott Powick

Tweed council is talking rubbish

RECYCLING contamination rates are at a remarkable 4%, but Tweed Shire Council is hoping residents can do better.

Mayor Kevin Skinner said since the introduction of the multi-bin system late in 2009, some people are still confused about what should go in each bin – red lid for general waste, yellow lid for recycling and the optional green-lidded bin for garden prunings.

“The top offenders which people mistakenly put in the yellow-lidded recycling bin are plastic bags, glassware, sheet glass and ceramics, paper with food residue, nappies, garden hoses and e-waste (electronic goods),” Cr Skinner said.

“Our contamination rates have dropped from 12-15% to 4% since the introduction of the multi-bin system, which is a fantastic effort, however this campaign aims to target the main gaps in knowledge to further reduce this contamination rate.”

The council’s environmental education officer Sascha Piotrkowski said correct recycling extended the life of the landfill by redirecting recyclables to the appropriate facilities to be made into new products.

“By losing recyclables to landfill we use up our limited landfill space more quickly when those recyclables could have been put to a better use,” Ms Piotrkowski said.

“To date this financial year, our recycling facility alone has disposed of 1200 tonnes of contamination in recyclables to landfill at a cost of $100 per tonne, which equates to $120,000 per year.”

Information on the recycling education campaign is available on the council’s website – www.tweed.nsw.gov.au – or by calling (02) 6670 2694.



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