Waste audit to see how well community is recycling

The Burdekin Shire Council is undertaking a residential waste audit next week to determine how well the community is recycling.

Council’s Environmental Health Manager Tracy Jensen said council had engaged a company to undertake a full audit of residential bins.

“The audit will consist of collecting, sorting and weighing the contents of general waste and recycle bins from a sample of residences across the Burdekin in both urban and rural locations,” she said.

“This process will see the contents of the sample bins being collected in a separate truck and taken to the contractor’s yard for sorting. The results of the audit will then be presented to council to help with waste education strategies which may be necessary to improve recycling practices.  

“There is considerable recyclable material still being placed in the general waste bin and non-recyclable material being put into the recycle bin and this audit will accurately determine what and where the issues are.”

Ms Jensen said the audit was also being done in a manner that could be easily replicated in the future and would provide a benchmark that would determine the effectiveness of education programs.

“These results will build on data gathered from past internally conducted audits and we hope to see improvements in the future,” she said.

 “Too often we have reports of materials such as concrete and car parts being placed in recycle bins and we are hoping to educate residents so this contamination ceases.”

Ms Jensen said the audit was being conducted prior to the introduction of free sorted waste disposal due to commence in July.

“We hope that this will also provide the incentive for improved recycling practices and to reduce the volume of recyclable waste making its way to landfill,” she said.

For further information on what can be recycled please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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