Contamination rate increases around the region
A REPORT card on recycling shows our residents could be doing much better.
Figures from three separate bin audits for the 2015-16 financial year show our contamination rate is as high as 31 per cent in some instances - up about six per cent from the previous 12 months.
Infrastructure and Services committee chair Cr Karen May said residents needed to do better.
"To see the contamination rate increasing, based on these audits, is concerning and is a poor reflection on us as a community, "she said.
More than 6700 recycling bins were inspected during the three separate audits in the 2015-16 year.
The major contamination rate jumped slightly, but the minor contamination rate increased an average of nearly seven per cent compared to the 2014-15 figures.
"Minor contamination is things such as putting recyclables in plastic bags and throwing food scraps or palm fronds in the yellow lidded recycling bin," Cr May said.
Cr May said while 70 per cent of residents were recycling right, it was important to continue to improve our rate across the community.
"Poor recycling is costly for ratepayers and can be dangerous to staff who operate our Material Recovery Facility at Paget."
Cr May said upgrades at the Recovery Facility had helped the recycling yield, ensuring less recyclables were ending up in landfill.
Clean Up Australia statistics suggest every 10 tonnes of recyclable material recovered is equivalent to taking four cars off the road permanently.
"We really have a responsibility to recycle right, not just for the environment but to minimise the ongoing cost of dealing with our waste," Cr May said.
Only place the following items in your recycling bin:> paper, cardboard and magazines
> aluminium cans, steel cans and aerosols
> glass bottles and jars
> plastics bottles and containers with numbers 1 to 6.
"Council's Resource Recovery Facility, Incredable Ltd is open seven days a week and accepts old furniture, electrical appliances and white goods free of charge," Cr May said.