Recycling is top priority at council

Proud: Mayor Simon Landow and environmental services manager Brad Staggs are happy to see six recycling and waste bins installed in Picton Botanic Gardens.
Nanjing Night Net

Recycling was a top priority for Wollondilly Council in the past year.

Mayor Simon Landow is delighted with the council’s latest recycling initiatives.

“The council has taken a proactive approach and is encouraging residents to become more sustainable,” he said.

“The shire is exceeding the state average benchmark for recycling, which is excellent.

“Wollondilly residents are savvy recyclers and there has been a generational change. It is good that council continues to remind us to recycle.”

Last year, the council introduced a 360 litre recycling bin option on top of the existing 240 litre bin for residents who needed more recyclingspace.

Environmental services manager Brad Staggs said the introduction of the larger bin and less contamination resulted in a 44 per cent increase in recycling in the pastyear.

The council hasinstalled six recycling and wastebin enclosures in the Picton Botanic Gardens and four more bins were installed inBargo Town Centre as part of the recent streetscape upgrades.

The council also received $5000 funding from Keep Australia Beautiful to employ eight environmental educators to provide advice on using the correct recycling bins at the 2016 Australia Day event and IlluminARTe Festival.

Three cubic metres of recycling was collected during IlluminARTe, which was 30 per cent of all rubbish collected, and 600Lof recycling was collected on Australia Day.

Keep Australia Beautiful’s programs coordinator Jen Bryant said she was pleased the organisation could help the council do its bit at the events.

“The council was able to install red and yellow bins andsignage to encourage people to do the right thing.Keep Australia Beautiful was happy to support,” she said.

Mr Staggs said he would like to seethe council’sWaste Wise Events Protocol, which provides guidelines around waste at events, to come into effect within the next year.

“I would like the council’s binsto become available for community events andI would like to see the dual bin enclosures installed across the shire,” he said.

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