Aussies tak­ing ac­tion on the en­vi­ron­ment

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE Back­yard Barom­e­ter re­port found re­cy­cling and com­post­ing has in­creased, with 86 per cent of re­spon­dents say­ing they reg­u­larly re­cy­cled or com­posted.

“Aus­tralians aren’t just think­ing about the en­vi­ron­ment, they are tak­ing mat­ters into their own hands by re­cy­cling and com­post­ing,” Mr O’Gor­man said.

“Look­ing ahead, switch­ing to re­new­able en­ergy and in­stalling so­lar are the top two en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tions Aus­tralians are likely to take in the near fu­ture.”

How­ever, one Queens­land coun­cil has banned glass from re­cy­cling bins in a bid to cut con­tam­i­na­tion rates.

Ip­swich City Coun­cil’s re­cy­cling pro­gram will only ac­cept four cat­e­gories of ma­te­rial – pa­per, card­board, alu­minium and plas­tic con­tain­ers. It comes af­ter the coun­cil had orig­i­nally stopped re­cy­cling al­to­gether af­ter China’s de­ci­sion to re­strict the sal­vage­able con­tents it would ac­cept.

86 per cent of re­spon­dents say they reg­u­larly re­cy­cle.

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