National Recycling Week puts focus on less landfill

Bella KitchenSouth Western Times
Bunbury waste education project officer Carmen Kowal raises awareness for National Recycling Week.
Camera IconBunbury waste education project officer Carmen Kowal raises awareness for National Recycling Week. Credit: Bella Kitchen

As part of National Recycling Week this week, the Bunbury City Council waste team has held displays across the city.

The events raised awareness of recycling correctly and ways to reduce what people put into their landfill bin.

Bunbury waste education project officer Carmen Kowal said education was the key to meeting future waste targets, which included 70 per cent diversion from landfill by 2025 and 80 per cent by 2030.

We want to recover as much waste as we can to keep Bunbury beautiful, therefore, getting source separation right is important in achieving those goals,

she said.

“With the GREAT sort campaign it shows that landfill is the last resort, so once you put your waste into the right areas then hopefully there isn’t much going into landfill.”

The “GREAT” sort campaign focuses on optimising source separation and putting the right things into the right bin.

Ms Kowal said the average Australian produced more than 600kg of waste a year and it was important people thought before they threw something into the bin.

“G stands for gift, ‘R’ stands for recycling correctly, ‘E’ is for earth-cycling food scraps, ‘A’ is for avoiding excess packaging and ‘T’ is for taking items to certain drop off points,” she said.

There is another display at the Parks Centre tomorrow from 10.30am to 1.30pm where Bunbury residents can claim a free kitchen recycling tub and compostable bags.

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