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Help stop contamination of recycling bins

25 May 2015

Residents and businesses of the Western Downs are urged to be more careful when using the yellow-lidded recycling bins provided, as an increasing amount of non-recyclable items are being mixed in with recyclables causing contamination.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm said Council recognises that the kerbside recycling program is a great success, with over 8,500 tonnes of materials from the Western Downs recycling bins being processed since the current contract commenced in 2010.

“Council continues to encourage residents to recycle as much as possible to lower the amount of rubbish going into landfill, however, it’s important that you understand what can and can’t be recycled,” he said.

“Disposing of non-recyclable items in your yellow-lidded recycling bin, such as plastic bags, food scraps, and polystyrene foam or even placing your recyclables in a bag, can contaminate that load, meaning that all other recyclables in that load will most likely end up in landfill, all of which is a cost to Council.

“Businesses, particularly, are reminded to brush up on what is considered a recyclable product and avoid placing general waste into the recycle bin.

“Additional services, including extra bins, can be provided to both households and businesses for an extra fee if they don’t have enough room in their current bins.

“With more people utilising the yellow-lidded bins for recyclable products, it lessens the environmental impact of waste disposal by reducing the volumes of rubbish going to landfill.”

Items that can be recycled include:

  • Glass bottles and jars (take lids off items, but DO recycle them)
  • Clean newspaper, paper, magazines and brochures
  • Steel and aluminium cans and empty aerosols
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Rigid plastic containers and bottles from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry
  • Cardboard boxes and cartons

All other rubbish should be disposed of in the general waste bins.

Visit Council’s website www.wdrc.qld.gov.au, drop into your nearest Customer Contact Centre or call 1300 COUNCIL for more information and a full list of recyclable materials.

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