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Kerbside recycling collection began this National Recycling Week in the Whitsunday region, with the first full truckload delivered on Monday to the Materials Reclamation Facility in Townsville.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the new service would be rolled out for the first time to all houses with existing rubbish collection over the next fortnight.
“At the moment we are concentrating on introducing collection to houses across the region, with a slower rollout to unit complexes and duplexes as we address their needs on a case-by-case basis,” he said.
“We understand there will be some teething issues as we start this new service, and ask for your patience during the first stages of the rollout.”
“If you think you have been missed and didn’t receive a bin or an Info Pack, contact Council and we will arrange for delivery as soon as possible.”
Week 1 residents should be putting out their new yellow-lidded bin this week, on the same morning as their rubbish collection.
Week 2 residents will begin next week, on the same day as their rubbish collection.
A white sticker on the side of the new bin identifies if a collection is Week 1 or Week 2, and also includes the address of the property and collection day.
The helpful calendar included in the Info Packs delivered to mail boxes indicates what weeks are Week 1 and 2 over the next year.
If any residents did not receive an Info Pack or have misplaced it, extra copies are available and can be requested at Customer Service Centres and libraries around the region.
The Info Pack is also available on Council’s website at www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/459/Kerbside-Recycling-recyclables, as well as extra resources such as a full A-Z list of common recyclables and a personal calendar with reminders.
Residents can also download the free Recycle Coach app for all Apple and Android devices, where residents can enter their address and receive personal reminders and calendar notifications on the go.
Some common household items which can be recycled include newspapers, cardboard, paper, milk and juice cartons, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans, plastic containers and egg cartons.
Recyclables collected in the Whitsunday region will travel to the Materials Recovery Facilities in Mackay and Townsville, which weighs and sorts all recyclables before reprocessing them, to be reused in new products.
Only residents with an existing rubbish bin collection will receive the new service, and all other residents can continue to recycle in person at their local transfer station.
Ratepayers will notice a new charge on their rates bill of $70 for the service from January 2018, which will go towards purchasing bins and paying for collection and transport.
Kerbside Recycling will reduce the amount of waste which goes into landfill every year, saving our community money in the long-term and looking after our pristine natural environment.
For further information, please contact Council on 1300 WRC QLD (1300 972 753) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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