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Council celebrates National Recycling Week

12 November, 2013

Council celebrates National Recycling Week

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is celebrating National Recycling Week with the launch of a range of new products and initiatives in Reddacliff Place.
Council and the Waste and Recycling Industry of Queensland will team-up to host a public recycling event on Tuesday, 12 November where a range of local waste businesses will display innovative products and helpful information for residents.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the event provided residents with a valuable opportunity to improve their recycling habits at home.
“Residents who attend will be able to find out about kerbside, E-waste, mobile phone, organic, metal and timber recycling through a range of helpful kiosks,” Cr Quirk said.
“Displays will feature exhibits such as a car that has been compacted and shredded, an E-waste display showing the recyclable components of a computer and a Council green waste truck demonstrating showing what the green waste is turned into after collection.
“We’ll also have a visual representation of the waste created by the average household in one year on display, which will be presented through the use of more than 100 wheelie bins.”

Residents have embraced the free ewaste recycling facilities now available at Council transfer stations with massive 1252 tonnes of material recycled in 2012-13 compared to 716 tonnes in the previous year.

Council’s recycling contractor DHL, are delighted at how many Brisbane residents have taken up the free e-waste recycling initiative for their old televisions and computers.

In addition to the displays and information, residents will be able to pick up a copy of the revised Brisbane’s Best Recycling Guide for Households.

Cr Quirk said the guide aimed to give residents a broad understanding of the impact of recycling in addition to helpful hints and tips.

“Last year Brisbane residents recycled 92,515 tonnes of glass, plastic, paper, cardboard and metal through their yellow-lidded recycling bin,” he said.

“But even though residents are recycling more than ever before, 25 per cent of recyclable materials are still disposed of incorrectly in the general waste bin each year – equivalent to 100,000 tonnes.

“The new recycling guide aims to empower residents to better understand how recycling works so we can further improve recycling rates.”

To find out more about Council’s National Recycling Week activities, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 07 3403 8888. [Ends] NOVEMBER 12, 2013

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