Cessnock City Council is encouraging local residents to improve their recycling habits, as new data shows while we have a commitment to recycling we aren’t always doing it right.
Recent audit results are concerning with 10 per cent of recycling bins contaminated with material that should be in the waste bin.
Council’s Environment & Waste Manager Michael Alexander said it’s really important as a community we remember to dispose of different items correctly.
“When recyclables are contaminated with general waste the entire contents of the bin then becomes landfill, defeating the purpose of recycling.”
“Recapturing materials that can be reprocessed avoids expensive landfill and helps our environment. Put simply, the recycle bin is not another waste bin.”
“A resident may have their service suspended if their recycle bin is contaminated so it is really important to think before you toss an item in the nearest bin,” Mr Alexander said.
Residents are also reminded that plastic bags are not recyclable through this service.
Other material that should not be put in the recycle bin includes:
• Building waste
• Garden waste
• General household waste
• Car parts
Residents who are unsure should check their Recycle Right sticker on their bin, visit the HRR website http://hrr.com.au or call the free Hotline (1800 838 884).