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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.