The Mid Coast area is doing an amazing job at recycling, with the 2017 kerbside waste audit finding just over 15 per cent contamination in our yellow bins.
However, almost 10 per cent of our red bins still include recyclable items, which is a massive loss of resources, over 1,400 tonnes annually.
This may not seem much but it is equates to 370 truckloads going to landfill each year. That’s 30 full trucks every month, of every year!
To assist the community in reducing this loss of resources, Midcoast Waste Services education officer will be selecting 100 houses each month to survey, and offering those you do the right thing the chance to win.
They will be inspecting presented bins in the monthly target area, and if you are one of the recycling champions who keep your yellow/green bin free of contamination, and keep your recyclables out of your red bin, you’ll go into the monthly draw to win $100 gift card.
All presented bins will be inspected by a simple lift of the lid to check its contents, staff will not be rummaging through the rubbish or emptying the contents for auditing.
If your bins are inspected, the education officer will leave a calling card in your mail box confirming we’ve been, and letting you know whether you’ve been entered into the monthly prize draw.
Common waste products found incorrectly placed in the yellow bin are coffee cups, nappies, ropes, hoses, leads, and timber, clothing and machinery items.
Some can be recycled at your community recycling centre, but they are unsuitable for our machinery.
You may be surprised to know items such as empty aerosol cans, long life milk containers and liquid paperboard, but are welcome in your yellow bin.
You can find a complete listing of what goes where online at www.midcoastwaste.com.au.
To find out more about our bin inspections, or other upcoming events, go to www.midcoastwaste.com.au.
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