Mansfield Courier - - Australia Day -

STRATH­BO­GIE Shire res­i­dents are kick­ing waste to the curb, with 70 per cent of ma­te­ri­als from house­hold bins di­verted to land­fill and re­cy­cling con­tam­i­na­tion lev­els re­main­ing con­sis­tent with the state-wide av­er­age.

Coun­cil con­grat­u­lated res­i­dents for their on­go­ing com­mit­ment to the three-bin kerb­side col­lec­tion which con­tin­ues to have out­stand­ing re­sults.

Waste man­age­ment en­gi­neer at coun­cil, Dar­ren Ritchie, said the amount of or­ganic waste in par­tic­u­lar con­tin­ues to grow.

“Or­gan­ics quan­ti­ties con­tinue to rise with the warmer weather and we have seen con­tam­i­na­tion rates fall to their low­est lev­els over the past six months, fall­ing be­low two per cent in Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber and De­cem­ber,” Mr Ritchie said.

“Land­fill waste con­tin­ues to be the low­est vol­ume col­lected of the three waste streams, which is fan­tas­tic to see.”

Mr Ritchie said de­spite these out­stand­ing re­sults, Coun­cil re­minds res­i­dents med­i­cal waste can­not be placed in any of your house­hold bins and must be dis­posed of via legally com­pli­ant means through a con­trac­tor or dis­posal fa­cil­ity li­censed to hand med­i­cal waste.

“Med­i­cal waste is health­care waste that may be con­tam­i­nated by blood, body flu­ids or other po­ten­tially in­fec­tious ma­te­ri­als,” Mr Ritchie said

A re­cent sce­nario saw a small num­ber of med­i­cal sy­ringes found within a load de­liv­ered to the com­post­ing fa­cil­ity.

“Although it was a min­i­mal quan­tity, this re­sulted in the need to class the en­tire load as con­tam­i­nated due to risk and safety con­cerns, with all of the or­ganic ma­te­rial taken to land­fill for dis­posal at coun­cil’s ex­pense,” he said.

Res­i­dents should ar­range a pro­fes­sional who is li­censed to col­lect and dis­pose of med­i­cal waste, or drop it off at a suit­ably li­cenced dis­posal fa­cil­ity.

Sharps con­tain­ers are avail­able and can be re­turned when full at Euroa Health and Nagam­bie Health Care.

YOUNG ACHIEVER: Si­mone Mor­ris, at the age of 25, has been recog­nised and re­warded for her ded­i­ca­tion to the Youth Cen­tre and its mu­sic pro­gram.

CON­SCI­EN­TIOUS: Con­tam­i­na­tion rates in or­ganic waste have fallen to their low­est lev­els over the past six months.

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