Audit to determine best bins
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
SPLIT bins may make way for a two bin waste collection system depending on the results of a recent joint audit by Gladstone City and Calliope Shire councils.
Both councils are disappointed that most of the recyclable materials, such as aluminium and tin cans, plastic bottles and paper, were still finding their way to the Benaraby landfill, according to the audit.
The audit included the collection of 75 bins each weekday for a week in Gladstone and 72 bins each day for a week in the Calliope shire to determine the type of waste generated by both communities.
"The audit revealed between 30 and 40 per cent of that material was recyclable,'' he said.
"We are not talking about material that is any different to that displayed for recycling on the bins.'' The survey is part of a long term strategy for waste management among the Port Curtis Area of Councils (PCAC). It includes plans for a regional waste strategy which takes in the Rockhampton area of councils.
Mr Sotiris said the amount of genuine waste has to be kept to a minimum for environmental reasons and because of the costs involved in transporting it to landfills.
Gladstone council's health manager Ron Doherty said if the councils were to employ a dual bin system "we will need solid information to back up that decision. It is absolutely vital that we get the amount of waste down and we can only do that by removing anything that is recyclable,'' he said.