Trucks deliver the tonnes of extra Christmas recycling to the Materials Recovery Facility.
Trucks deliver the tonnes of extra Christmas recycling to the Materials Recovery Facility.

Double the trouble at Christmas for garbos



IT'S been a very busy post-Christmas down at the Coffs Harbour recycling depot.

Hundreds of tonnes of garbage have gone through the depot since Christmas, a traditionally busy time.

"It gets busy by about a third again (at Christmas)," said leading hand Jeff Artherton of the depot.

"The New Year's content (of empty bottles and cartons) will ... be double."

Jeff said that while the rubbish had been much better since the division of bins, there were still times when it gets contaminated with food, foam, plastic bags, and even bricks and rocks making it in with the paper, cardboard and glass.

Once they even had a banana chair come through, however it was too big to recycle.

Each truck carries 5-5.6 tonnes of garbage, with six trucks bringing an average of 30 tonnes of garbage every day.

However, according to Jeff, that's still not as busy as it was last holiday season.

"It's very noticeable," Jeff said.

"The volume is really down."



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