Cash in this National Recycling Week

Get involved this National Recycling Week.

 

WHETHER you’re the best sort in your neighbourhood or you don’t recycle at all, cash prizes are up for grabs this National Recycling Week, just for telling MidCoast Council how you use your yellow-lidded bin.

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The annual recycling event is a great time to think about our recycling habits, and by taking part in a short on-line survey, provide insight on where we can improve.

The five-minute survey is a simple true / false quiz and participants will be placed in a draw to win one of five $100 #shopmidcoast gift cards.

“While a pleasing portion of our community regularly use their kerbside recycling bins, it’s not always clear what can – and what can’t – be recycled,” Council’s Director of Liveable Communities, Paul De Szell explained.

“We’re conducting a survey this year to help us understand what gaps there are in our recycling habits. The results will provide valuable information to help us develop education campaigns according to community needs, and provide a benchmark for measuring our recycling performance over time.”

Contamination in the recycling process is a widespread issue, and just one person in the street placing the wrong item in their yellow-bin can mean a whole truckload of otherwise recyclable material ends up in landfill.

Common mistakes include placing food residue, soft plastics, cords and ropes, and small items (even if made of recyclable material) in with recyclables.

“One of the easiest mistakes to make is boxing or bagging your recyclables before placing them in the yellow bin. Our machinery can’t open and empty the contents, which means all your recycling efforts are wasted and the items end up in landfill.”

For your chance to win and contribute valuable information about recycling across the region, take the online survey at www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/waste before it closes on Friday 4 December.

This project is part of MidCoast Council’s commitment to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Now in its 25th year, Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week (Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November 2020) provides an important opportunity for councils, workplaces, schools and individuals to improve their recycling knowledge, build better recycling habits and build trust in recycling.

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