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Recycling project successfulAn audit of eight new permanent recycling bins recently installed in Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester and Rushworth has highlighted that the Shire ofCampaspecommunity has the potential to divert over 5 tonnes of drink cans, paper and other recyclables from landfill every year.

Installation of the recycling bins was made possible through a $15,050 grant provided by the Australian Packaging Covenant and Sustainability Victoria.

The aim of the project was to provide away from home recycling opportunities for local residents and visitors, and prevent litter within the Shire ofCampaspe.

CampaspeShire Council also contributed $5,000 towards the project.

The project was successful in achieving its goal.

To measure the effectiveness of the new recycling bins, waste and litter audits were conducted, both before and after their installation.

The audit demonstrated that the additional recycling bins resulted in 28 kilograms of recyclable material being collected each week which would otherwise have been sent to landfill.

This equates to a total of 1,456 kilograms of recycling material taken out of the waste stream across the year.

The audit also demonstrated that the average weight of street waste bins reduced by 28 per cent.

We can confidently say that given the opportunity, people will do the ‘right thing’ when it comes to disposing of their rubbish and recyclables when bin choices are provided in public areas.

Increasing recycling rates not only serves to keep our public places clean and tidy, it diverts waste from landfill. This is good news for the environment and helps reduce Council’s landfill disposal costs.

A key part of the project’s success is the brightly coloured signage on the recycling bins, highlighting which items can and can’t be placed in the bins.

The yellow signage placed on the recycling bins makes it easy to recycle correctly.

Each sign clearly labels the bin for recycling purposes, displays the universal recycling symbol and includes illustrations of the types of items that can be placed inside the bins.

Items that can be recycled include aluminium cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, newspaper, and juice and milk cartons.

Items that cannot be recycled include food scraps and plastic bags.

SUCCESSFUL: The Campaspe shire says a new recycling initiative achieved its goal.

Other signs on the bins highlight interesting facts and figures about recycling such as:

recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television set for 3 hoursrecycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a washing machine for 10 minutesrecycling 1 tonne of paper/cardboard saves 30,000 litres of water* recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a CFL bulb for 30 hours.

In addition to the bin signage, Council will continue to educate the community on recycling away from home opportunities to ensure we can improve the shire’s resource recovery rates over time.

There are now 16 new recycling bins in public places across the shire – 12 in Echuca, two in Kyabram, one in Rochester and one in Rushworth.

The first eight bins were installed as part of the Regional Public Place Recycling Grant project, another initiative of the Australian Packaging Covenant and Sustainability Victoria.

It is clear that theCampaspecommunity has embraced the new recycling bins. And with 16 of them now in high traffic areas, we have the potential to divert more than 8 tonnes of recyclable resources from landfill every year – a win-win for all.

The Australian Packaging Covenant is a packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business todesign more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce litter.

Cr Ian Maddison,Campaspespokesperson for Environment and WasteHave you got an opinion?Send a letter to the editor at [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛 or PO Box 61, Bendigo, Vic 3552.

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