The SHOROC councils and Kimbriki congratulate the residents of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah on being great recyclers. However, with garbage bins containing about 20% recyclables, there’s still room for improvement and National Recycling Week from 10-16 November, is a great time to get your recycling sorted.
As landfill space decreases and costs increase, it’s important to improve our recycling and the four councils and Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre are holding a range of activities to help residents waste less and recycle more.
Kimbriki will be holding an open day on 15 November with information about what happens at Kimbriki, plans for the future, mini-tours of the eco house and garden and more. Other council activities during the week include a free film night, children swap meets, composting workshops and a natural baby care workshop.
SHOROC President and Mayor of Pittwater, Cr Jacqueline Townsend says reuse and recycling are the easiest sustainable actions we can take.
“The good news is residents recycle just over half their household waste which means less rubbish to landfill. Recyclables are given a new life as plastic bottles, steel cans, polyester carpet and even clothing saving raw materials, water, energy and greenhouse gases.”
“It can take up to 500 years for a plastic bottle to break down in landfill, or it can be given a new life – eg it only takes 25 two-litre plastic bottles to be recycled and repurposed to make a fleece jacket. Even garden clippings recycled in a garden organics bin are given new life as mulch and soil products,” said Mayor Townsend.
Locals can also recycle their food scraps by composting or worm farming – your garden will love you and you save 40% of your garbage bin from going to landfill.
Too Good to Waste, the region’s waste strategy, has a target of 70% of household waste being recycled by 2021.
Waste is a resource, not a burden and new infrastructure is planned to be built at Kimbriki to maximise resource recovery from household waste. Come to the open day to hear about Kimbriki’s plans for the future.
For more information about recycling visit kimbriki.com.au or your council website.