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Christmas recycling tips for a sustainable festive season

22 December, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging residents to continue their great recycling efforts this holiday season with a range of easy tips that anyone can put into practice.

The Lord Mayor said while Brisbane residents are great recyclers year-round, Council’s free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app contains great ideas to help make the festive season more sustainable.

“By continuing to recycle and reuse as much as possible at Christmas time, we can all play a part in saving valuable resources from landfill,” Cr Quirk said.

“Residents who are expecting an influx of extra recycling items over the festive season such as cardboard, glass bottles, cans and paper can order a larger or additional recycling bin from Council for a one-off fee of $30.

“It’s also a great idea to check your bin collection days over the holiday period using Council’s new Brisbane Bin and Recycling app, as bin collections don’t stop on public holidays such as Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.”

Other sustainable tips for the festive season include:
• Opt for reusable containers for your leftovers rather than using cling wrap, which can’t be recycled,
• Say no to plastic bags and bring reusable fabric bags when shopping for all of the Christmas essentials instead,
• Once the Christmas cookies are baked put the sheet of foil in the recycling bin,
• Remember to recycle common Christmas staples like wrapping paper, toy packaging, plastic disposable plates, cutlery and cups, and empty soft drink bottles.

Cr Quirk said residents could also recycle at Council’s transfer stations during the holidays.

“Council’s transfer stations at Nudgee, Willawong, Ferny Grove and Chandler are open from 6.30am to 5.45pm every day of the year including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day,” he said.

“Residents can recycle for free at the Willawong transfer station which makes it easy to recycle items such as household batteries, empty LPG bottles up to 9 kilograms, electronic waste and household goods.

“I thank residents for their continued efforts towards recycling which will help to achieve our vision of a clean, green city.”

Download Council’s new Brisbane Bin and Recycling app for free via the App Store or Google Play. Residents can also find recycling tips in Council’s free online Brisbane’s Best Recycling Guide for Households, which is also available in five languages other than English.

Visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888 for more information.
[Ends] DECEMBER 22, 2014



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