DON’T WASTE IT: Noosa councillors Tony Wellington, Joe Jurisevic and Frank Wilkie say don’t dump paper and cardboards in the general waste bin headed for landfill.
DON’T WASTE IT: Noosa councillors Tony Wellington, Joe Jurisevic and Frank Wilkie say don’t dump paper and cardboards in the general waste bin headed for landfill. Geoff Potter

Council review points to waste of ‘recyclables’

AN AUDIT of Noosa's household waste collections shows residents just have their noses in front of their Sunshine Coast Council counterparts when it comes to placing recyclables in their general waste bins.

On average 15% of Noosa homes with the kerbside collection throw materials like paper, cardboard and glass into their general waste before wheeling their bins out, compared to the SCC's average of 17%.

Moreton householders by comparison take up about a quarter of the bin contents with recyclables, a council waste audit said.

"Noosa residents are currently doing well in ensuring that their recycling bins are well utilised and free of contamination," the report said.

"Those that currently use a green waste bin are ensuring that the green waste is clean and therefore capable of being mulched without further sorting.

"The most common material incorrectly placed in general waste bins that should be recycled is paper and cardboard."

Noosa houses take up about 10-15% of the residential waste bin with green garden, while around 6.5% of the general waste is food scraps.

"During the next month, waste management services will be conducting random audits of general and green waste bins in rural areas to assess the amount of green waste currently being recycled and disposed of from these areas.

"The findings will be used to inform council on the roll out of the green waste bin service in 2017."

Zeroing in

The waste audit findings is part of the council's "Towards Zero Waste" strategy which this year will concentrate on:

improving the amount of recyclable material that is diverted from general waste to the recycling bin, reducing contamination of the recycle bin;

educating the community about recycling and reducing dependence on plastic bags;

supporting initiatives to either ban or reduce the use of plastic bags in the community through behaviour change;

initiatives to increase the voluntary uptake of garden waste bins; and

prepare some sections of the shire for mandatory three-bin system in 2017.

Initiatives include:

A-Z recycling brochure;

Pop up recycling information displays at shopping centres and local events;

Website and social media recycling updates; and

Investigating and supporting community initiatives such as plastic bag collections in major supermarkets, battery bins and boomerang bags.


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