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Council seeks feedback on free recyclables day

Publish on 13 Feb 2019 All suburbs Airds, Ambarvale, Bardia, Blair Athol, Blairmount, Bow Bowing, Bradbury, Campbelltown, Claymore, Denham Court, Eagle Vale, Englorie Park, Eschol Park, Gilead, Glen Alpine, Glenfield, Gregory Hills, Holsworthy, Ingleburn, Kearns, Kentlyn, Leumeah, Long Point, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park, Minto, Minto Heights, Mount Annan, Raby, Rosemeadow, Ruse, St Andrews, St Helens Park, Varroville, Wedderburn, Woodbine, Woronora Dam, Outside LGA,

Media Release - 13 February 2019

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Residents are being asked to share their experience using the Free Recyclables Drop Off Day to help Council review the annual event.

In January, Council held its 10th annual recycling drop off day that saw more than 11 tonnes of recyclables and 100 cubic metres of polystyrene collected.

Mayor George Brticevic praised resident’s civic-mindedness and said the event was another valuable contribution the council’s waste management program was making in sustaining the environment and keeping the area clean.

“It’s significant that on one of the hottest days of summer, several hundred people still made the effort to pack their cars with waste and recycle it in the most considerate and responsible way possible,” Cr Brticevic said.

“The ongoing success of this scheme over the past decade shows the commitment of residents to achieving the best outcome for the environment,” he said.

“With that in mind, we will be reviewing the event to make sure it continues to meet the changing needs of the community.”

This year’s collection saw 682 vehicles arrive at Leumeah Station car park despite the mercury hitting 42C on the day.

A total 11.52 tonnes of recoverable materials was dropped off to be recycled as paper and plastic products, while the polystyrene will be turned into formwork for housing construction.

Participants handed over an average 16.9kg of recyclable material.

There was a significant decrease in the number of containers dropped off this year, an estimated 80-90 per cent, as it’s thought more people made use of the State Government’s Return and Earn scheme.

The annual drop off day has been held on the first Saturday after New Year’s Day to help residents dispose of the cardboard, packaging and drink containers that are typically accumulated during the festive season.

Since it began the amount collected has fluctuated from 4.37 tonnes (2009) to a high of 17.4 tonnes (2017). The number of participants in the scheme has risen from an initial 256 to a high of 940 two years ago.

All residents who complete the survey will go into a draw to win a worm farm, compost bin or bag of soil improver.

 

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