Get an insight into recycling at Dundowran
THE council's Material Recovery Facility in Dundowran will open its doors to the public on Saturday, November 8, in the lead-up to National Recycling Week.
The free waste and recycling information session held from 10am to 11.30am is a chance for locals to see the workings of the facility and learn what happens to their recycling.
Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning 1300 794 929.
Councillor Robert Garland said the day would be a real eye-opener for a number of residents.
"There are reasons that some materials can be recycled and some can't and it's important that we know the difference," he said.
"Things like disposable paper drinking cups can't be recycled because they have a wax coating and have to be sorted out when they arrive at the MRF."
Waste education officer Carol McKeough will host the information session.
"The goal of these information sessions is to create lifelong habits and promote responsible recycling," she said.
"Some items are indeed recyclable but simply can't be processed through the facility.
"Larger items like old pillows, blankets, hoses and keyboards can be recovered but they should not go in your recycling bin.
"They should be taken directly to landfill sites and transfer stations and dropped in the appropriate areas.
"A lot of people are not aware of this and it's a great time to spread the word, particularly leading into National Recycling Week (from November 10-16)."
National Recycling Week
- Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week in 1996 to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling
- Now in its 19th year, the annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behavioural change by:
- Promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives
- Giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school
- Go to http://recyclingweek.planetark.org/about/ for more information