Coffs tops household recycling

COFFS Harbour, Port Macquarie and Bellingen are the state’s top recyclers.

The latest NSW Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Data Report shows that Coffs Harbour residents topped the list of recyclers, with Bellingen residents third and Nambucca residents 10th in the state.

“Coffs Harbour households have the highest recovery rates at 79.9%, followed by Port Macquarie at 70.7% and Bellingen at 70.3%,” said the chief executive of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Lisa Corbyn.

“The NSW average is 45.1%.”

Nambucca Shire recorded 62.7%.

“Across the state, we’re recycling more and sending less to landfill,” Ms Corbyn said.

The new report shows that households in regional areas are among the best recyclers in the state.

Ms Corbyn said the data showed variations in the performance of councils, with those using the best-practice ‘three bin’ system recording the best recovery rates.

“These positive results across the state reflect the commitment of local government and the waste industry to reduce waste to landfill and increase recovery to return more ‘waste’ to the productive economy,” Ms Corbyn said.

“The strong performance of regional councils is a testimony to the RENEW NSW partnership between the NSW Government and regional local government to support recycling and recovery initiatives.

“But while the news is positive, we still have a long way to go.

"It’s estimated that three quarters of household waste going to landfill is recyclable and could be recovered for reuse.

“We will continue to work closely with councils and the waste industry to deliver even better results.”

The NSW Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Data Report details the 2009-10 performance of local government kerbside and drop-off waste, recycling and resource recovery services.

The data is self-reported by councils and covers the gamut of household waste.



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