Rubbish from household garbage bins, previously destined for landfill, is now being recycled under a new agreement announced today by Randwick Mayor Tony Bowen.
“This is an historic agreement that will provide benefits for the environment and for all residents of Randwick City,” Mayor Bowen said.
“Before this agreement was struck, the 31,000 tonnes of residential rubbish collected each year from red-lidded household bins went straight to landfill.
“For the first time our residential waste is being streamed into far more environmentally sustainable processes.
“Under the new arrangement, our waste contractor SITA will take 7,000 tonnes of rubbish to an Alternative Waste Treatment facility where it will be further processed to extract recyclable and organic materials for reuse,” Mayor Bowen said.
Randwick City residents are already good recyclers with about 13,000 tonnes of recyclables (about 230 kilograms per home) collected each year from yellow-lidded recycling bins and 7,000 tonnes of green waste (about 125 kilograms per home) collected from green-lidded green waste bins.
“This new arrangement means less waste is going to landfill, more materials are being recycled and our overall ‘resource recovery rate’ will increase from 39 per cent to about 46 per cent. This is important as Council has committed to achieving a 66 per cent resource recovery rate within the next two years,” Mayor Bowen said.
What you can do to help:
§ don’t put your recyclables into plastic bags – this can contaminate the whole truck load!
§ sign up to Green Money and get reward points just for recycling www.greenmoney.com.au
§ get a free worm farm or compost bin www.compostrevolution.com.au/
§ take ewaste and other items to Council’s free Recycling Centre at Matraville.
For more information call Randwick City Council on 1300 722 542 or visit the waste management section of our website.