Residents urged to recycle eggstra hard this Easter‏

AS FRASER Coast residents prepare for the Easter holiday, the National Packaging Covenant Industry Association is urging locals to put their rubbish in the bin and to recycle.

With many people on the road and having picnics during the holidays, the NPCIA is also pleading with everyone to keep Australia's roadsides beautiful this Easter.

NPCIA chief executive Stan Moore said while recycling had become a way of life for most Australians, the latest findings from the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index found Australians dumped 49 litter items on beaches per 1000sq m, and 25 litter items per 1000sq m in recreational parks.

Mr Moore said public spaces such as parks and beaches, where friends and families met for picnics and barbecues, could become more littered during holiday periods.

"Fraser Coast residents should think about taking a container or bag along with them if they're planning to go somewhere there may not be an appropriate bin available," he said.

"This will allow them to take their rubbish and recycling home to dispose of correctly.

"Doing the right thing and remembering to place our rubbish in the right bin, whether we're at home or out and about, helps recycling and reduces littering.

"In turn, this reduces the amount of packaging going to landfill, and keeps our recreation spaces free of litter."

Recycling tips

  • Easter egg foil is recyclable. Some wrappers, however, can be too light to recycle on their own, so collect your wrappers and make them into a ball to place into your kerbside bin.
  • Make sure you throw waste such as eggshells in your garden, instead of the rubbish. Crushed eggshells break down more quickly and will provide nutrients for the garden and help reduce your water usage. Avoid composting eggs that have been decorated with paints, stickers or glitter.
  • Make recycling easy. If you are hosting guests during the long weekend, strategically place cardboard boxes around your home or backyard for guests to dispose of their empty drink containers.
  • Flatten Easter egg boxes. Help to ensure that recyclable items aren't placed in the wrong bin, due to an overflowing recycling bin, by folding and flattening Easter egg boxes. 

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