Fol­low the yel­low bin road

Eastern Reporter - - News -

What you need to know about the City of Stir­ling's changes to its yel­low-lid re­cy­cling bins.

RES­I­DENTS can no longer place soft plas­tics, aerosol cans and poly­styrene in City of Stir­ling yel­low-lid re­cy­cling bins.

The City con­trac­tor’s ma­te­rial re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity has made the changes to re­duce con­tam­i­na­tion af­ter China’s de­ci­sion to re­strict im­ports of con­tam­i­nated re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als.

The items will need to be re­cy­cled sep­a­rately or placed in a red top gen­eral waste bin.

Stir­ling Mayor Mark Ir­win said the City was working with its waste con­trac­tor Suez to let the com­mu­nity know.

“Un­for­tu­nately the fluc­tu­at­ing global waste market con­tin­ues to have an im­pact on the com­pa­nies that col­lect and sort waste across all lo­cal gov­ern­ments,” he said.

“While the City is dis­ap­pointed with this turn of events, we are com­mit­ted to re­spon­si­ble re­cy­cling and will be working with our con­trac­tor to ex­plore any al­ter­na­tive op­tions.

“Luck­ily our com­mu­nity is re­ally proac­tive when it comes to re­cy­cling and I know that they will do what they can to con­tinue to re­cy­cle these prod­ucts.”

Soft plas­tics, such as cling film, bread bags and any­thing ‘scrunch­able’, can be re­cy­cled through ‘Red cy­cle’ bins avail­able at su­per­mar­kets such as Coles and Wool­worths.

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