GOOD HABIT: The Coffs Coast has been praised for it's great recycling.
GOOD HABIT: The Coffs Coast has been praised for it's great recycling. Gemima Harvey

Coffs is at the top for recycling

THE Coffs Coast has been acknowledged as one of the state's top recycling towns this National Recycling Week.

This week marks the 20th national recycling awareness week to encourage Australians to more sustainably manage their waste.

For the past decade, Coffs Coast Waste Services uses the three bin system to ensure the best practice for diverting waste.

The outstanding efforts of the community were highlighted last week when Australia Post identified its Coffs Harbour branch in the top five Australia Post recycling locations in NSW.

Coffs Coast Waste Services media manager, Lia Purvis said our community has an exceptional record of recycling waste.

"We divert more than 80% of our waste from landfill which is great because some places only divert 50%," Lia said.

Last year, Coffs Coast Waste Services was granted NSW Environmental Protection Authority funding for the Bin Trim program,which helps businesses best manage their waste.

Bellingen, Nambucca and Coffs Harbour councils have also supported the program by providing one or more 360 litre recycling bins to eligible businesses.

At times, our efficient recycling at home or in the office doesn't translate when we're out and about.

Lia said CHWS is encouraging the community to continue good recycling habits when out and about around town.

"Public place recycling is where I think we all fall down a bit, it's easy for people to do the right thing at home but once we get out in public we kind of forget or just chuck our rubbish in whatever bin is closest," she said.

"It would be good if people tried to recycle when they're away from home as well as when they're at home."



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