After passing through the optical sorter, air pushes different grades of plastic into seperate areas for recycling.
After passing through the optical sorter, air pushes different grades of plastic into seperate areas for recycling. Lee Constable

This weekend will be pretty rubbish

'RECYCLING treatment facility' may not be the first thought that runs through your head when you're searching for family fun.

Yet Councillor Laurence Bonaventura said the open day at the upgraded facility in Paget would excite the curiosity of Mackay's younger residents.

"At my age, I would have thought it was the greatest thing to be able to go and see the operation of the machinery and see what makes it tick," he said.

Cr Bonaventura likened the open day to a school excursion, and said visitors would able be to learn about the inner workings by viewing CCTV camera and looking through windows.

However, visitors won't be able to tour through the recycling facility.

The upgraded Materials Recovery Facility, which came at a cost of $2.6 million, became operational in July.

It has roughly double the capacity of the old facility, and will be used to process recyclables from as far away as the Isaac and Whitsunday regions.

The Materials Recovery Facility at 42 Crichtons Rd, Paget, will be open to the public on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

There'll be free family entertainment on the day.



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