A sustainability and waste reduction team led by Dan Schiebaan (left) and Sam Tate has helped Bellingen Shire become top waste recyclers in NSW.
A sustainability and waste reduction team led by Dan Schiebaan (left) and Sam Tate has helped Bellingen Shire become top waste recyclers in NSW.

Bellingen Shire residents named top waste recyclers in NSW

THE NSW Environmental Protection Authority has named Bellingen Shire residents the best recyclers in the state.

The council managed to divert an impressive 80.1% of kerbside waste collected for landfill in the 2012-13 financial year.

Fundamental to the result was recent and significant improvements made to the Dorrigo and Raleigh collection facilities as well as improving services and innovation in waste diversion.

Bellingen Shire Mayor, Cr Mark Troy said to be recognized as top recycler in NSW out of 130 council areas is "absolutely fantastic."

"The 80.1% rate is significantly higher than the NSW average of 46.5%," he said.

"It's even more remarkable given that Bellingen is a regional area and the average for regional NSW is lower at 41.5%.

"Our focus continues to improve waste management facilities, services and performance, as well as closer collaboration with the Midwaste group and Coffs Coast Waste Services to ensure we continue to be number one."

Coffs Coast Waste Services spokesperson Kim Gallery said the results are a great example of how regional council partnerships can work to deliver effective, high quality services.

Bellingen Shire Council was recently nominated as a finalist in the national Banksia Sustainability Awards.

One of only four councils selected nationally, the nomination highlighted projects that demonstrate leadership and innovation in the areas of resource recovery, climate change, estuary health and social wellbeing.



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