Making a Good Sort even better
Kerbside recycling bin checks are on again in North West Tasmania!
As part of an annual program managed by Cradle Coast Waste Services, more than 10,000 random household recycling bins will be examined to identify trends in recycling – what’s being recycled right and what items are mistakenly being put into recycling bins.
The lessons learnt will guide regional education and awareness activities with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of resources recovered and reducing the amount of recyclable materials that end up in landfill.
Recycling Audit and Data Officers will be looking at a selection of bins in Burnie City, Circular Head, Central Coast, Devonport City, Kentish, Latrobe and Waratah Wynyard municipal areas over two periods from 21 September – 31 October and 16 November – 27 November 2020.
The checks involve viewing the contents of each recycling bin placed at the kerbside and determining a performance result:
- Fail: When contaminants comprise more than 10% of the bin’s total content.
- Improvement Required: When contaminants comprise between 5% and 10% of the bin’s total content.
- Pass: Where there is only minor contamination less than 5% of the bin’s total content.
Upon completion of the assessment the Officers place a corresponding tag on the bin to notify residents of the outcome, and an information brochure and individualised written feedback may be left in the resident’s letterbox.
The Officers are hoping to see continued improvement in the pass rate which has generally been increasing over the past seven years of the program.
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