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Council backs recycling

Pictured drawing the winners of a Transpacific Cleanaway competition is driver Glen Harris, Gympie manager Mick Mahon, education facilitator Ellie Webb and Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne.
Pictured drawing the winners of a Transpacific Cleanaway competition is driver Glen Harris, Gympie manager Mick Mahon, education facilitator Ellie Webb and Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne. Craig Warhurst

GYMPIE Regional Council is proud to partner with Transpacific Cleanaway to help promote recycling and educate residents and ratepayers about effective recycling.

“I am pleased to draw the winning entry in a competition run through regional schools involving children monitoring and recording their recycling habits at home,” Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne said.

“As reported in The Gympie Times recently, residents in the Gympie Region are using their recycling bins. However, there are some items which are being included in the bins, which should go into general rubbish bins.”

“This competition is an excellent initiative, as it helps inform people about what can and can’t be recycled and is also an excellent opportunity to showcase the new Transpacific Cleanaway truck with both recycling and general rubbish collection capacity.”

If you have seen the new Transpacific Cleanaway truck picking up both of your bins, you have first hand insight into the new split system hopper with special features to keep the rubbish and recycling separate.

This means that one truck can be used for collections, keeping costs down and helping increase efficiency.

“I encourage all residents to become familiar with waste which is able to be recycled and so help both Transpacific Cleanaway and Council to help meet their goals of responsible environmental management,” Cr Dyne said.

Council’s contractor Transpacific Cleanaway has reported that if residents follow the recycling rules, this makes the sorting process so much easier for the dedicated workers at the Materials Recovery Facility.

These workers have to sort the five recyclable materials – aluminium, glass, steel, plastic and paper/cardboard and if these are contaminated with non recyclable materials – they cannot be used.

As a result, some items which should be able to be recycled are sent to Landfill.

However, we need your help to recycle in the correct way and help minimise landfill.

Please follow the recycling rules. To find out more about what to recycle, contact Council’s Community Services Directorate on 5481

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