Would you like to win $100 cash or a family pass to Reef HQ or Billabong Sanctuary? All you have to do is create a wearable piece of art from recyclable materials and enter the Trash is Trendy competition.
You could use regular household plastics such as milk bottles and food containers to make unique jewellery or use plastic bags to create an outfit. The limit is your imagination.
Make sure you enter your creation at the Burdekin Shire Council chambers in Young Street, Ayr, before November 5. All entries will be displayed at the Council’s National Recycling Week display at the Home Hill Harvest Festival Mardi Gras on November 8. Winners will be announced at the Mardi Gras.
Recycling plastics lessens the chance of them turning up in our natural environment. Plastics can take hundreds of years to break down and become an environmental hazard. Plastic if left out in the elements generally breaks down into small pieces and pollutes land and waterways becoming a choking hazard for fish, birds and animals.
Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said the best way to limit the plastic waste and prevent rubbish going to landfill was to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle.
“Council’s Waste Audit last year found recyclable plastics made up almost four per cent of waste in the red bin and ended up in the Kirknie Road Landfill instead of being reused or recycled,” he said.
“So really our residents are doing a great job in identifying what plastics can be recycled, but there is always room for improvement.
“Recyclable plastics have a code on their base and the items numbered 1-6 can be placed in your yellow recycle bin.
“Plastic is also free for residents to dispose of at transfer stations and Kirknie Landfill if household general waste and recyclables have been separated.”
Mr Mulcahy said plastic shopping bags were not recyclable.
“Residents can take them to Woolworths in Ayr where there is a collection bin or reuse them as bin liners, but please don’t use them to bag your recyclables,” he said.