Bass Coast,
30
January
2015
|
05:27
Australia/Melbourne

Thank You For Summer Recycling Record

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Bass Coast Shire Council has congratulated residents and visitors for recycling a record 27 more tonnes of waste in December 2014 compared to the previous year.

Council’s reports reveal 485.5 tonnes of recyclable packaging material was collected through the kerbside recycling bin services in December 2014; not only an increase compared with December 2013, but an increase of 44 tonnes compared with December 2012.

Council’s summer ‘Keep Bass Coast Beautiful’ campaign to increase recycling and reduce waste was supported by $56,500 in funding from the Australian Packaging Covenant, an initiative that aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the while the campaign targeted the whole Shire, it also focussed on recycling within the commercial holiday homes sector on Phillip Island, as well as improving the way public place recycling bins are used in Cowes and at public events.

“Council staff were out and about with our Rowdy Recycling Bin mascot to promote recycling in Cowes through the busy Christmas and New Year’s period and at public events, such as the Cowes Night Market,” Cr Brown said.

“The aim of this summer campaign was to increase recycling during December and January by 20 tonnes.

“The community has done an amazing job to ‘do the right thing and use the right bin’ to separate 27 tonnes more recycling in just the month of December alone.”

Wonthaggi Recyclers’ Adam Hill said the amount of non-recyclable rubbish put in kerbside bins was also down from 25 per cent in December 2013 to 21 per cent in 2014.

Mr Hill said bin audits also confirmed improved use of public place bins, even at bustling community events like the Cowes Night Market.

“Our drivers have reported a huge change with servicing the event bins for the very popular Cowes night market,” Mr Hill said.

“At several previous events, many bins would be overloaded and most recycle bins contaminated with at least 30 per cent of food scraps or other non-recyclable waste.”

“At the most recent market, the recycle bins only had around 10 per cent contamination in them, which makes them a lot easier for the sorting crew to sort.”

Cr Brown said the significant increase was a combined effort from local residents and businesses, as well as visitors to the region.

“We thank the whole community for their role in helping to reach a new recycling record for December and encourage everyone to keep up their good recycling efforts at home, at work and in public places throughout the year.”