New campaign to ensure Leeton shire residents start to recycle better

LEETON shire residents have been chastised for their recycling habits. 

It appears the community is still unsure just what exactly should be going in their yellow recycling bins and a new campaign has been launched to change that.

The kerbside household recycling bins collected each fortnight in Leeton are regularly contaminated with soft plastics, which is causing a headache for the sorting processors.

It is not widely known soft plastics, like disposable shopping bags and cling wrap films, should not be placed in the recycling bin.

When this plastic arrives at the Kurrajong sorting facility it clogs the machinery and a lot of time is wasted clearing it.

Taking up even more time is when recyclables are placed in a plastic bag and put in the bin.

When this happens the whole lot gets sent to landfill as there is not enough time for the workers to open the bags and remove the items.

The RAMROC Riverina Waste Group and Leeton Shire Council have teamed up to improve the situation through the campaign. 

This will involve placing a reminder sticker on each recycling bin, delivering a flyer explaining the problem and an advertising campaign.

The group and council are now on the look out for a Leeton shire community group to distribute the stickers and flyers.

Riverina Waste Group co-ordinator John Craig would like to hear from anyone interested in helping out and they will be compensated. Clubs or organisations can contact Mr Craig on 0431 519 502 or email johnc@cdiaust.com.au.

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