Joan van Lieshout
Joan van Lieshout

Tweed Council shows way in recycling

Tweed Shire Council has saved the landfill equivalent of more than 280,000 plastic two-litre milk containers by using recycled plastic products.

Council was recognised yesterday at Replas Australia's annual conference at Twin Towns Resort for being the biggest user of recycled plastic of all the northern New South Wales councils in the past 12 months.

“They saved 380m cubed of landfill,” northern New South Wales area manager Nicole Kammel said.

Replas Australia recycles plastic from kerb-side pick-up and industrial waste and makes products that can be used by councils and other government departments, Ms Kammel said.

“The recycled plastic has a life expectancy of more than 50 years.

“Once it reaches its use-by date the product can be sold back to recyclers and made into another product.”

The products were used in applications to replace timber, Ms Kammel said. In most cases all copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timbers could be replaced with recycled plastic.

“Tweed Council has been using recycled plastic for more than seven years,” she said.

“Most people see the recycled plastic in parks around Tweed and don't even know that the product is made from recycled plastic.

“Tweed has used recycled plastic in signage, bollards, boardwalks, retaining wall panels, furniture, garden edging, shower recesses, bicycle track fencing and many more different applications.”

Mayor Joan van Lieshout and environmental manager Dan Walton accepted yesterday the first-place certificate at Replas Australia's annual conference.

Ms Kammel said Tweed was selected as the ideal location for the event because of its strong support for Replas products and the leadership the wider area had demonstrated when it came to choosing environmentally-sustainable products.

“While in the area the Replas team, which includes representatives from each state, will tour beaches and towns along the North Coast where recycled plastic products have been installed by councils.”



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