Kerbside recycling continues

Hawkesbury residents can be confident that Hawkesbury City Council’s kerbside recycling collection will continue.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett wants to reassure residents that recycling collections will remain as normal and that it is just as important as ever to keep on recycling.

Recycling Image“Hawkesbury City Council is committed to maintaining and improving successful kerbside recycling,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett said.

“Council’s Kerbside recycling collection and processing is continuing even though there have been issues for other councils since the China ban on some recycling.

“It is now more important than ever to keep recycling correctly,” the Mayor said.

“New markets require cleaner, less contaminated material so it is important that we all continue to recycle and reduce contamination to provide the best recycling outcomes.

“The current discussion and real concern about recycling is an opportunity for our community and Australia in general to establish new recycling markets and support the recycling industry,” she said.

“Recyclable material is a commodity and therefore vulnerable to market fluctuations. This is a significant fluctuation, but also an opportunity to plan ahead for future recycling innovations.

“The Hawkesbury has an excellent recycling rate with a very low contamination rate in our household recycling bins of less than 10%,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett added.

“Council follows stringent procurement processes when entering into waste and recycling contracts, and our current recycling contract stipulates that kerbside recycling material must not be sent to landfill.”

Hawkesbury City Council is one of eight councils in the region that are implementing a Regional Waste Strategy to manage waste and recycling. The Strategy was prepared by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils.

Hawkesbury City Council is also part of the Regional Strategic Alliance with Penrith City Council and Blue Mountains City Council which is looking at waste issues on a regional level. The Regional Strategic Alliance, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and local councils are currently working with industry, state and federal government to ensure stable, stronger markets for future recycling.

What can you do about it?

The community can help with recycling in many ways:

  • Recycle right. Make sure that only recyclables accepted by your Council are placed in the recycling bin
  • Choose to buy products made with Australian recycled content
  • Choose reusable products such as canvas shopping bags and reusable coffee cups, and reject single-use alternatives
  • Return and earn with the Container Deposit Scheme. Bring back your eligible plastic, glass and aluminium drink containers for a 10c return each. Find your local collection point here: www.returnandearn.org.au
  • Choose second-hand items over new items
  • Recycle items such as e-waste, mattresses, metals, batteries and printer cartridges at retailer or council drop-off centres. For a list of reuse and recycling outlets, visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au
  • Donate, sell or give away unwanted items still in a usable condition
  • Repair or repurpose items rather than disposing of them
  • Reduce food waste – shop with a list, and freeze left-overs for another day

Can I control contamination in my recycling bin?

Yes. Contamination in the recycling bin refers to materials that have the potential for recovery but cannot easily be recycled or recovered because of their composition (e.g. food in containers or paper wrapped in plastic).

Contamination that is common in recycling bins in Western Sydney includes:

  • recyclable materials placed in plastic bags
  • containerised food and liquid, such as leftover food in takeaway boxes
  • magazines/newspapers or brochures wrapped in plastic
  • non-recyclable plastics
  • textiles (carpet and clothing)
  • broken crockery, glass homewares, most pots and pans, and Pyrex.Recycling Image 2

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