Recyclables drop off day a big hit with 940 local residents

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Up to 940 local residents took advantage of the annual recyclables drop off day.
Up to 940 local residents took advantage of the annual recyclables drop off day.

Almost 1,000 local residents disposed a whopping 17.4 tons of material at this year’s recyclables drop off day.

That is the equivalent of about 1,480 full recycling bins and it helped make Campbelltown City Council’s 2017 free recyclables drop off day a big hit.

The drop off day was on January 7 and it gave residents the opportunity to dispose of any materials that would normally be collected in yellow-lid recycling bins.

This includes paper, cardboard, aluminium cans, and glass and plastic bottles, in addition to polystyrene, which is not included in the regular recycling program.

Its relocation to the larger Leumeah Station car park site to accommodate the growing popularity of the day saw participation jump by 23 per cent.

There was also a significant drop in waiting times for local who took advantage of the service.

Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, welcomed the success of the free recyclables drop off day, saying he was pleased 940 residents took up the opportunity to help divert waste from landfill.

“About 120 cubic metres of polystyrene – or 500 full wheelie bins – which would normally go to landfill, will now be sent off for re-manufacture into new plastic products, which is a fantastic result for our community and the environment,” he said.

“The drop off day is aimed to make recycling easier for residents, so I’m pleased council has received very positive feedback from participants about the new location, reduced waiting times and the extra staff available on the day.”

The success of the annual event was recognised at the Local Government NSW excellence in the environment awards in November.

It was named large council category winner of the resource recovery award, in acknowledgement of its innovative and effective contribution to waste management.

The drop off day is among a range of waste and recycling programs council offers to encourage the community to help protect the environment through responsible waste disposal.

Visit the waste and recycling website link here for more information on council’s services.






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