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Gympie residents poor at recycling

Cleanaway’s split body trucks, now operating in Gympie, have a second floor which means they collect both recyclables and refuse.
Cleanaway’s split body trucks, now operating in Gympie, have a second floor which means they collect both recyclables and refuse. Contributed

GYMPIE region residents are getting the wooden spoon when it comes to recycling.

Contamination rates of material in yellow lidded recycle bins have risen alarmingly, leading to more rubbish ending up as landfill.

“The major problems are green waste, e-waste like television and computer monitors and wax-coated cartons,” a council spokesperson told The Gympie Times yesterday.

Other “nasties” that make their way into recycle bins and can contaminate whole loads are disposable nappies, oil containers and syringes.

Green waste can be taken to your local tip where there is a designated area for it, she said and where it is turned into mulch for remediating landfill areas.

Some local councils have cracked down on residents who ignore the rules and have resorted to placing non-compliance stickers on contaminated bins.

While the Gympie region is yet to pull residents into line, there does seem to be some confusion about whether material “really gets recycled”.

Transpacific Cleanaway General Manager Neil Perry said this year the company added a second dual system truck to its operations to cope with increased demand in the Gympie area.

Some residents see one truck and think it is only capable of collecting landfill waste, Mr Perry said, however, a mechanism gives them the capability to pick up both recyclables and landfill waste.

“Because the two kinds of trucks look so similar there can be some confusion over which truck is which,” Mr Perry said.

“But the split body truck has a second floor which means they collect both recyclables and refuse and store them in separate sections of the truck before they are delivered to their appropriate waste or recycling facilities.”

When the truck collects residents’ bins, the truck operator uses a joystick to allocate the waste or recyclables to its correct section of the truck.

Remember, to prepare your recyclables for recycling rinse all containers, remove lids and labels wherever possible, place all recyclables loosely in your recycling bin (don’t put them in plastic bags).

 

What can be recycled

 All household plastic containers

 Glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard

 Aluminium cans, steel cans and aerosols.

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