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Recycling makes used materials available again for the manufacturing of new products.
This often results in a more efficient use of both energy and raw materials (eg making aluminium from recovered aluminium cans and other aluminium scrap takes 95% less energy than using raw materials).
As a result, significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are achieved when recycled aluminium stock is used instead of virgin raw materials.
Australians recycle over two billion aluminium cans a year. The energy saved from this effort is enough to power 270,000 homes for one year, or all the homes in the Fraser Coast region for more than three years.
How can I help?
There are so many things that each and every person can do to help reduce rubbish. Simple things like rinsing and putting recyclable items in your recycle bin instead of the normal rubbish bin.
When, shopping don’t forget to take your ‘green’ bags, this reduces the amount of plastic bags ending up in landfill (non biodegradable plastic bags can remain in the environment for up to 1000 years).
Green Waste - Up to 4m3 or 1 tonne of green waste can be disposed of at all Council tips and transfer stations free of charge. Branches, limbs and trunks are to be no more than 1200mm in length and 400mm in diameter. Anything outside of the above size may incur a disposal charge.
Liquid Waste - The only liquid waste accepted for recycling is Motor Oil and Cooking Oil. These can only be accepted at the Granville, Maryborough and Tinana Tips. Gatehouse staff can advise upon arriving at the tip for directions as to where the oil can be placed.
Mobile Phones -Old mobile phones can be recycled at the Maryborough Waste Disposal Site, Saltwater Creek Road and the Fraser Coast Recycling Centre, Aalborg Road, Nikenbah. Gatehouse staff can direct residents to the relevant section for disposal.
FAQs - Plastic Recycling
Q: There are different numbers on different plastic containers. What does that mean?
Q: Should I remove the lids before putting plastic containers in the Recycling Bin?
Q: Should I wash out my plastic containers before I put them in the Recycling Bin?
Q: Should I take the label off the plastic container before I put it in the recycling bin?
Q: Plastic containers take up so much space, my recycling bin gets full before the fortnightly collection. What should I do?
Tours of Hervey Bay’s Material Recovery Facility (Recycling Centre) are available to groups and individuals. See first hand what happens to your recycled materials. Phone 1300 79 49 29 for more information.