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Whitsunday Regional Council has today given the green light for kerbside recycling collections to begin throughout the region later this year.
At the Council meeting today Councillors voted unanimously to approve the Kerbside Recycling Implementation Plan, in an historic decision which will realise kerbside recycling being introduced to all areas in the Whitsunday Region.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that kerbside recycling is a key component of Council’s Waste Management Strategy and our community has been telling us consistently for many years that this is a service that they would like to see.
“After our public consultation last year, it was clear the community is looking for a more sustainable approach to waste management, and kerbside recycling was the number one priority for over 75 per cent of participants,” he said.
“Likewise, visitors to our region from interstate and overseas find it hard to understand why we haven’t been able to recycle our waste like this, particularly with the Great Barrier Reef on our doorstep.
“We anticipate that we will be able to divert about 5,000 tonnes of household waste from our landfills each year once the service gets up to speed.
“It costs Council more than $1 million to build a new landfill cell, and each cell becomes filled up with waste after only about 3 years,” Mayor Willcox said.
“We are always looking to find ways to conserve our landfill space and kerbside recycling will play a big part in this.
“Residents will notice a new charge on their rates bill for the service from January 2018, which will go towards purchasing bins and paying for collection and transport.”
“Introducing this service will also complement our stance on banning plastic bags and our work around climate change; so we are certainly demonstrating our intentions to preserve and protect our unique surroundings,” he said.
“Council will also explore options to roll out the new service over time to other, more remote areas of the region.”
So what do residents need to know?1. Kerbside recycling will be available to all households that currently receive a weekly wheelie bin service2. Collections will take place on the same day as current general waste bin collections are undertaken.3. The implementation is scheduled to be rolled out in October, with the first households estimated to receive their fortnightly collection in mid-November. 4. It is anticipated that the service will be completely rolled out across the region to current residents that receive a domestic bin service by Christmas 2017. 5. Each resident will receive a new 240 litre wheelie bin with a yellow lid for the service. Full instructions and useful information on what to recycle will be communicated to residents via a number of platforms prior to the service commencing.6. Residents will be encouraged to begin filling their bins with recyclables straight away, with the first collection due to take place two weeks after their bin is delivered to their residence. 7. Residents will be able to recycle paper, cardboard, steel and aluminium cans and many types of plastic. The recyclable waste will be taken to the recently upgraded sorting facility in Mackay where the different materials will be separated before being sent on to various re-processors and recycled into new products.
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