THIS National Recycling Week from November 9-15, Bundaberg Regional Council has prepared a new online information video to offer a timely reminder about what residents in the Bundaberg region can do to improve their recycling habits.

According to IMPACT's Community Services Manager at the council's Material Recovery Facility, Tim Van Kooten, there is still confusion about what should and shouldn't be placed in residents' yellow-lidded recycle bins.

"Recyclable materials include metal, paper and cardboard, glass, hard plastics and aluminium.  However, a lot of non-recyclable items like nappies and food scraps continue to make their way to the Material Recovery Facility," Mr Van Kooten said.

The council's Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesman Vince Habermann said he hoped the council's new information video would provide residents with the clarification they need.

"You should never put anything that's not recyclable in a recycling bin. Grass clippings, plastic bags, broken windows, broken crockery, car parts, electronics and things that decompose and rot do not belong in the recycling bin. These items cause problems and make the recycling process difficult," Cr Habermann said.

"The Material Recovery Facility receives more than 154 tonnes of recyclables each week.  It's important to remember that all materials delivered to the Council recovery facility are hand-sorted by IMPACT staff.

"Plastic bags conceal recyclables and are never opened due to possible safety risks, which means thousands of recyclable items are destined for landfill.  So remember, don't bag your recyclables.  Just a quick rinse and straight into the bin."

To find out more about what can and can't be recycled, head to the council website at www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au/node/58582 and take a look at the recycling can and can't do fact sheet.
 



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