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Hills Shire Council not happy with bin audit results

The Hills Shire Council is encouraging residents to start a conversation about correct waste disposal following a recent review of red and yellow lidded bins.

Results revealed that 14 per cent of items in the red-lidded bin and 8 per cent of items in the yellow-lidded bin were found to have been placed in the wrong bin.

Mayor of The Hills Shire Council, Dr Michelle Byrne congratulated residents for their efforts, but wanted to see good results become even better.

“There’s a lot of talk around recycling, but we want to encourage people to really start sharing ideas about best and most appropriate ways to dispose of unwanted items,” Byrne said. “Council runs a number of programs, including our popular Chemical Cleanout and E-Waste Drop off events, which allow residents to dispose of these items in a safe and convenient way. It’s super popular and free.  We’ve also teamed up with the NSW EPA and Compost Revolution to offer households a 50 per cent discount and free delivery on compost bins, worm farms and bokashi bins. They are great for recycling food scraps and cutting your rubbish in half.  Social media is another great way to connect with others and donate unwanted items, as is participating in the annual Garage Sale Trail event.”

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Garage Sale Trail is an initiative that encourages people to declutter, reduce waste, make money and fundraise for a charity or organisation of their choice through hosting a garage sale.

Councillor Alan Haselden, who has an interest in Council’s responsibility for waste management, said everyone has a role to play when it comes to recycling.

“Local Government is at the forefront of the collection and disposal of tens of millions of tonnes of waste every year just in Australia,” Haselden said. “The enormous complexity of materials used in modern society presents the recycling industry with huge technical challenges, but proper sorting by households using the right bins makes a very big difference. Anything that is not recycled ends up as either landfill or ocean pollution. We have to strive towards systems where either useful material or energy can be recovered from household waste.”

Council is also encouraging residents to place the correct items out during a kerbside clean-up after results found that 24.7 per cent of pickups contained prohibited items.

“Items such as building waste and glass are being disposed of in household collections. These items cannot go in a kerbside clean-up and need to be disposed of in the correct manner,” Byrne said. “We encourage residents to follow the instructions, and lay out items in a safe and tidy manner.”