Let’s all help to re­cy­cle in CQ

The Morning Bulletin - - LIFE -

LET’S all help to re­duce, re-use and re­cy­cle dur­ing Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week 2017.

As Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion and waste lev­els con­tinue to rise, re­cy­cling mat­ters now more than ever.

This year Planet Ark’s Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week (Novem­ber 13-19) highlights why re­cy­cling is only part of the bat­tle.

Res­i­dents and busi­nesses in Liv­ing­stone Shire can help win the War on Waste and close the re­cy­cling loop by pur­chas­ing prod­ucts that con­tain re­cy­cled con­tent.

In the 20 years to 2015, Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion in­creased by 28% and waste lev­els grew by 170%. The good news is that re­cy­cling is grow­ing at an even faster rate than waste. What hap­pens to those ma­te­ri­als once they have been re­cy­cled and how every­one plays a part in the process is a key fo­cus of this year’s Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week cam­paign.

Coun­cil­lor for waste man­age­ment Adam Belot said it was only re­cently he and the coun­cil’s Su­per­vi­sor of Waste Col­lec­tion and Dis­posal Leanne Ran­dall at­tended St Ur­sula’s Col­lege to dis­cuss with stu­dents bet­ter ways of re­cy­cling, es­pe­cially touch­ing on re­duc­ing waste ini­tia­tives.

“We as con­sumers need to be mind­ful of what ends up in our land­fill,” Cr Belot said.

“Leanne and I thor­oughly en­joyed speak­ing to the stu­dents about this im­por­tant is­sue, and we are avail­able to speak at any other schools for sim­i­lar pre­sen­ta­tions.”

Cr Belot said the Liv­ing­stone Shire has just over 14,000 house­holds and on av­er­age, each house­hold gen­er­ates al­most a tonne and a half of waste each year – of which about 17 per cent is re­cy­clable.

“Coun­cil's vi­sion is to guide the shire in the con­tin­ual im­prove­ment of its waste man­age­ment prac­tices through in­no­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and pro­mo­tion of re­duc­ing, reusing and re­cy­cling of waste streams as the key pri­or­i­ties,” Cr Belot said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WASTE RE­CY­CLING: Young Xavier helps to keep the shire clean by re­cy­cling items which the coun­cil en­cour­ages res­i­dents to do all year round as well as dur­ing Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week.

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