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National Recycling week

12 November 2019

Fraser Coast residents are being encouraged to think carefully about what they put in their yellow lid recycling bins.

Fraser Coast Councillor Anne Maddern said Council was reinforcing the recycling message as part of National Recycling Week, which runs from 11 November to 17 November.

“Fraser Coast Regional Council collects more than 8,500 tonnes of recyclable material a year from its kerbside collection and about 12 per cent of the material is rubbish,” she said.

“The extra time needed to sort the rubbish from the recycling is a cost, and each piece of rubbish that gets through means there is a greater chance that a load of recyclable material could be contaminated and rejected.

“Making sure that rubbish does not end up in the recycling starts at home.”

Cr Maddern said the top three items contaminating the recycle bin were soft plastics (such as bread wrappers), nappies and batteries.

“There is a lot of information on what can go in the recycle bins and what should go in the rubbish bin,” she said.

“To make life easier Council has published on its website an A to Z guide of what can be recycled in the yellow lid bins and what belongs in the rubbish bin.” 

Not all recyclable items can go into the recycling bin. Some items can only be delivered to a landfill or transfer station or can go back to the retailers from which they came.

“While a steam iron, concrete, or an old computer can be recycled, they cannot go in the recycling bin and should be taken to a landfill or transfer station,” Cr Maddern said.

“There are lots of places were recyclable items can be taken.

“Some shopping centres have collection bins for soft plastic such as bread wrappers and other packaging; old phones can be returned to mobile phone outlets as well as the Council transfer stations; Planet Ark, refill stores and the transfer stations will take old printer cartridges; some stores collect batteries.

“Old mobile phones can also be taken to the Maryborough and Tiaro libraries.”

Sorting your load when taking it to a transfer station or landfill could save you money.

“Unloading a trailer straight into the rubbish pit will cost you $17.50,” she said.

“If you sort out items for the reuse shop, steel, paper and cardboard, oils, paints and aluminium and all you have left can fit into a wheelie bin, then you only pay $5.

“That’s a big saving for you, and big saving for everyone as the landfill takes longer to fill up, there is less staff time needed to process the waste at the landfill and more recycling.”