Recyclables triple after two bins supplied

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

CHRISTMAS celebrations helped triple the recyclables yield for Calliope Shire Council following its introduction of the two-bin system in December.

'Between December 19 and 30 there has been a 200 per cent increase in the amount of recyclables collected,' a delighted Charles Sotiris, the shire's environmental health officer, said.

'Tonnages have increased from the pre- vious average of seven tonnes per week to 21 tonnes per week.'

Mr Sotiris admitted that Christmas cele- brations most certainly accounted for the spike in recyclables collected during that time, but he said there was already an indi- cation during January that the higher col- lection would continue to some lesser degree.

In the first two weeks of January our yield was about 5.9 kilograms per household per week. In the next two weeks this dropped down to 5.5 kilograms per house- hold per week.

'It is to be expected that as time goes on the yield will come down because in the cooler months people drink less bever-ages,' he said.

'But we still expect that we will collect about four kilograms per household per week as compared with 1.5 kilograms per household per week that we averaged prior to bringing in the two-bin system.'

He said the figures indicated that more than 14 tonnes per week were diverted from landfill.

Shire resident Dulcie Benn of Beecher said she welcomed the two-bin system be- cause it gave her more capacity for waste and simplified the separation of recyclables from waste.



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