Mayor Kevin Skinner at the tip with the one of the recycling bus ads in the background.
Mayor Kevin Skinner at the tip with the one of the recycling bus ads in the background. Scott Powick

We've bin doing it wrong

TWEED homeowners are getting confused over what rubbish to put in which bin.

In a bid to get the mess- age out about whether to put garbage in red, yellow or green-lidded bins, Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner yesterday headed to the Stotts Creek rubbish tip and re- cycling centre to give a personal demonstration.

He congratulated the shire's residents on their efforts so far, but said people were still mistakenly putting the wrong garbage in the wrong bin, in some cases contaminating recyc- ling efforts.

But the council itself has failed to completely follow NSW Government policy which wants all households to have three bins, each with green, yellow and red lids.

The green-lidded bins are only optional in Tweed.

The State Government's strategy released last week by Climate Change and the Environment Minister Frank Sartor calls for “best practice waste collection services (using a three-bin system) to be applied across urban and major regional centres”.

Cr Skinner said providing everyone with green-lidded bins – which are suitable for soiled paper and cardboard – was something the council would take on board.

“At this point in time we are trying to get people to recycle responsibly,” he said.

“People don't realise pizza boxes can't be recycled and plastic bags continue to find their way into recycling.”



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