Reducing the rubbish earns Handybin a ministerial visit
AS A MODEL waste management company Coffs Harbour's Handybin Waste Services is saving mountains of rubbish from entering landfill.
The standout local venture, founded in 1995 by Harry Wilson, has become one of the best performing recycling companies in NSW and today earned a visit from Environment Minister Robyn Parker.
Recycling not just aluminium cans and paper, the company has become a leader in reducing glass into sand and aggregate and even salvaging the contents of red wheelie bins in the local area.
"Through its strong community engagement, Handybin has helped to ensure the Coffs Coast has one of the highest rates of domestic waste diversion from landfill, at 88%," Ms Parker said.
The minister's inspection with Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser showed the benefits of the State Government's Sustainability Advantage Program.
"Since February 2011, Handybin has been recovering over 95% of all material delivered to its Material Recovery Facility, including 3400 tonnes of glass recovered through the Glass Processing Facility, making savings of at least $380,000 a year in waste disposal fees."
Handybin, employing 50 people, has also reduced its diesel fuel use from 41.8 litres per tonne of material to 37.6 litres and is saving $2000 a year with lighting efficiency.
Mr Fraser commended the company on its Waste Education Centre, where staff run school and business education sessions.
"This is a real boost for the local community and Handybin is to be congratulated for the valuable education sessions it provides," Mr Fraser said.
Handybin's waste collection services more than 40,000 homes and business on the Coffs Coast.