Council heads back to school to educate students about recycling

Burdekin Shire Council is heading back to school in an effort to educate our younger residents about the importance of recycling.

Next week is National Recycling Week and this year Council’s key message is kerbside recycling and recycling at our waste facilities.

Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said that as part of this drive, Council was offering local schools the opportunity to have one of our team come to talk with students about recycling.

“Three schools have already booked in a session for the week following National Recycling Week, but there are still spots open and we encourage schools to participate,” he said.

“The talks will focus on the benefits of recycling, how to make recycling easy and also what happens to the recycling once we put it into our yellow bins.

“We are also running a colouring-in competition at participating schools after the talks.”

Mr Mulcahy said Council would also set up display stalls next week at the Ayr and Home Hill Libraries.

“These displays will show residents what happens to the recyclable items they put into their yellow bin or the items they have sorted at the transfer stations,” he said.

“Most residential and commercial properties have a Council-supplied yellow-lidded recycle bin. Every recyclable item placed into their recycle bin at home, or at work, makes a difference by reducing the waste ending up in our landfill.

“Recycle facilities are also available at our Waste Transfer Stations at Ayr, Home Hill, Giru and Clare and Kirknie Road Landfill.

“By sorting your waste into recyclables and non-recyclables at these sites, you are not only decreasing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill, but saving yourself money as it is free for residents to dump sorted waste.

“Our transfer station operators are happy direct you to where your items can go. Many items can also be put into Council’s second-hand stores at Ayr and Home Hill where they can be purchased and reused by other residents.

“By reducing what goes into the landfill we are reducing the costs on our ratepayers.”

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