Tonnes of recyclable items wasted in Gladstone

THOUSANDS of tonnes of recyclable items are going to waste each year from Gladstone residents who do not recycle, or who contaminate recyclables with general waste.

Gladstone Regional Council has renewed its push for residents to think of the environment and recycle waste items effectively.

During the 2013/2014 financial year, 4965 tonnes of recyclable waste was collected as part of the council's kerbside waste collection service.

Engineering Services portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said having recyclable items directed to landfill was a huge waste.

"If every person can make a concerted effort to recycle at home and in public it would have a positive impact on the environment," he said.

Residents are encouraged to put recyclables in their yellow lidded bin, and to refrain from using this bin for regular waste.

General household waste, including lawn clippings and dangerous goods, must not be placed in a recyclable bin as it contaminates recyclable goods correctly placed in these bins.

Domestic waste items which can be recycled at home include paper and cardboard, plastics, glass, steel, and aluminium.

Scrap steel can be taken to the council's waste management facilities for disposal and is free of charge for domestic quantities.

For more recycling information, visit the council's website at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/recycling.



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