New twin bins ready for Christmas
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WITH Christmas just around the corner the dual-bin system could not have been timed any better.
Calliope Shire Council this week began recalling the split-bin system and delivering separate bins for recyclables and household waste.
Council's health manager Charlie Sotiris said the early bin delivery was a Christmas present for residents.
'We originally planned to de-liver them in the New Year, but we figure households will benefit from having the bins during the festive season when there is so much waste generated,' he said.
'Also there is so much material that could be recycled this time of year.'
Mr Sotiris said the council 'has done its sums' in its efforts to deliver a best-practice recycling service.
'An audit we conducted found that under the twin-bin system there was 1.5kg of recyclable materials being collected from each household per week,' he said.
'The audit also indicated that a separate recyclable bin would increase the materials won for recycling to 4kg per household each week.' "We are looking at diverting 300 cubic metres of recyclable materials per week from the waste stream under the new system, which will extend the life of our landfill.'' Mr Sotiris said residents would also have more space for refuse because of the new system.