Bass Coast,

Aiming for recycling record


As part of Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week, Bass Coast Shire Council is highlighting the environmental benefits of re-use and recycling programs, and congratulating the community’s recent recycling efforts.

In 2014-15, the community and visitors separated over 3,500 tonnes of recyclable packaging materials – an additional 100 tonnes compared to the previous year.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said to help put that in to perspective, a 747 jumbo jet airplane weighs around 333,000 kilograms.

“It has been a jumbo-sized achievement for the Bass Coast community to have recycled over 10 times that weight,” Cr Brown said.

National Recycling Week, celebrated from 9 to 15 November, encourages local households and businesses to take their recycling to the next level.

Understanding which items can be recycled through recycling bin services or local waste facilities is the first step in establishing successful recycling habits.

During recycling education activities at local supermarkets last summer, many shoppers said they were not aware they could now recycle empty plastic cleaning product containers from their bathrooms, laundries and garages.

Many local residents also did not know they could return plastic bags to the recycling bins at major supermarkets.

Cr Brown commended the community on doing an amazing job to recycle in their homes, at work and in public places too.

“Together we can set a recycling record of 4,000 tonnes this year,” Cr Brown said.