Recycle Refresh

1. Overview

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Council is encouraging local residents to remove glass from their recycling and adapt to new recycling requirements from Saturday 2 November 2019. 

Community members can bring their unwanted glass free of charge to the following transfer stations and community collection points:

  • Beaufort Transfer Station, 2 Tip Road, Beaufort
  • Beaufort township, RV Dump Point on the Park Road Serviceway, Beaufort
  • Avoca Transfer Station, 82 Russell Street, Avoca
  • Rear of Avoca Town Hall, Barnett Street, Avoca
  • Snake Valley Transfer Station, 298 Snake Valley-Mortchup Road, Snake Valley
  • Landsborough Transfer Station, 2161 Ararat St-Arnaud Road

Council has produced a new recycling information sticker for the top of recycling bins and residents are asked to leave their bin out until at least 11 am on their usual collection date during the month of November. A sticker will be placed on top of your bin, it is unsure how long this process will take and so we ask if you do not receive a sticker by December, please contact Council to collect one.

Pyrenees Shire Mayor Cr Robert Vance said separating glass from recyclables would lower contamination.

“Glass often breaks and contaminates the other recyclables in the bin. Contamination means small pieces of glass get stuck in paper, cardboard and plastic and they are no longer recyclable,” he said.

“Removing glass from recycling bins will increase the value of our recyclables and ensure they can be processed in Australia.”

Council’s new recycling contractor, Australian Paper Recovery, will only accept seven types of recycling which includes: paper, cardboard, steel cans, aluminium cans, plastic milk bottles, plastic soft drink bottles and plastic detergent bottles (shampoo bottles, cleaning product bottles etc). Removed glass will be recycled separately.

 

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2. Frequently Asked Questions

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Why am I being asked to remove glass from my recycling?

Glass often breaks and contaminates the other recyclables in the bin. Contamination means the small pieces of glass get stuck in paper, cardboard and plastic and they are no longer recyclable.

Removing glass from our recycling bins will increase the value of our recyclables and ensure they can be processed in Australia.

 

What is happening to the glass?

The glass will be recycled separately and residents will not be charged at Transfer Stations or Community Collection Points to drop it off.

 

Why do I have to take it to a Transfer Station or Community Collection Point?

The sooner we are able to remove glass from the recycling chain, the less likely recycling will have to go to landfill. The collapse of recycling company SKM means there are stockpiles of recycling and we want to try to avoid recycling going to landfill.

We are working hard on an ongoing solution, including a glass only kerbside bin. Keeping glass in the recycling chain will also increase the cost of the recycling service.

 

Will Council introduce a glass only bin on the kerbside collection?

We are exploring the possibility of an additional bin to the current kerbside waste, recycling and green waste bins. We will need to do some research on the best size, timing of collection and the vehicle design to collect it.

 

Can I put glass in my garbage bin?

If you can’t get your glass to a Transfer Station or a Community Collection Point you can put it in your garbage bin, keeping in mind it will be going to landfill.

 

What is happening to my recycling?

Recycling is collected by our waste contractor Four Seasons Waste and taken to our recycling Processor Kevin Clark Recycling.

Recycling with no glass will be taken to Australian Paper Recovery.

 

Will my bin still get picked up if it has glass in it?

Yes your bin will still be picked up if it has glass in it. We understand this change will take some time to implement into your household’s routine.

 

What can I put in my recycling bin?

- Paper

- Cardboard

- Steel cans

- Aluminum cans

- Plastic milk bottles

- Plastic soft drink bottles

- Plastic detergent bottles (Shampoo bottles and cleaning product bottles etc)

 

What can’t I put in my recycling bin?

- Soft plastics

- Meat trays

- Takeaway coffee cups

- Polystyrene

- Hard plastic packaging typically seen with new toys