Clear re­cy­cling mes­sage a must

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Are­gional waste co-or­di­nat­ing group has as­sured the com­mu­nity it is con­tin­u­ing to work with mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils to pro­vide a clear mes­sage around what peo­ple can and can not re­cy­cle.

Grampians Cen­tral West Waste and Re­source Re­cov­ery Group ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer La Vergne Lehmann said re­duc­ing con­tam­i­na­tion from re­cy­cled waste was a chal­lenge. But it de­manded at­ten­tion to en­sure bet­ter out­comes for re­cy­cling across the re­gion.

“If we are to im­prove our re­cy­cling rates we need a clear and con­cise mes­sage for res­i­dents,” she said.

“This is be­cause we know it has to be a sim­ple process for peo­ple to de­cide whether an item goes into the re­cy­cling or rub­bish bin at the time they are do­ing it.”

Ms Lehmann stressed that re­duc­ing con­tam­i­na­tion rates in re­cy­cling was key to im­prov­ing the re­cy­cling sys­tem in Aus­tralia and keep­ing re­cy­cling costs down for the com­mu­nity.

She said mak­ing an ef­fort to get re­cy­cling right and ‘get it sorted’ would lead to im­prove- ments in re­duc­ing what went into land­fill and the qual­ity of our re­cy­cling.

“The re­cent chal­lenges with re­cy­cling in Vic­to­ria have high­lighted not only why re­cy­cling is im­por­tant, but also the need to im­prove our re­cy­cling habits,” she said.

“Ma­te­ri­als that we are able to re­cy­cle in our kerb­side col­lec­tions are mostly pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als that can be re­pro­cessed into new pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als or other prod­ucts – thus en­sur­ing that ma­te­rial has more than one life.

“Res­i­dents in most Vic­to­rian mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have been re­cy­cling for many years and the re­sult has been a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in what we send to land­fill.

“It has also re­sulted in new busi­nesses that have been able to use those re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als – but there are still many more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It has been a con­stant chal­lenge to con­tinue ed­u­cat­ing our com­mu­ni­ties on re­cy­cling and how we want it pre­sented in the re­cy­cling bin.

“We know peo­ple re­ceive a lot of in­for­ma­tion on so many is­sues these days that it is dif­fi­cult to cut through with a clear re­cy­cling mes­sage.”

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