Businesses will be targeted in an effort to increase recycling rates after the Burdekin Shire Council received a $15,300 grant from Australian Packaging Covenant.
Council’s Environment and Health Manager Beth Whitworth said the grant would be used to implement the Getting Burdekin Business Busy Recycling project which would help reduce the volume of waste going to landfill.
“Our residents are getting better at recycling at home and we want to educate our businesses on how they can help reduce the volume of recyclable materials going to landfill,” she said.
“Workers often think it is someone else’s responsibility to recycle, but if everyone did their part then our environment will benefit.
“The recycling message is the same for business as it is for home recycling – separate the recyclable materials and keep them out of the general waste stream.”
Ms Whitworth said recycling bins were obtainable through the Council and there were facilities for recyclable materials provided at the Shire’s Waste Transfer Stations and Kirknie Road Landfill.
One of the other successful applications for a grant from Australian Packaging Covenant was the Local Authority Waste Management Advisory Committee. This project aims to develop a phone application to encourage away from home recycling for visitors to North Queensland.
Ms Whitworth said the Burdekin Shire Council was part of this committee and would also be working on this project.
The Australian Packaging Covenant is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter. It is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues.