Recognising Residents Who Know Their Rubbish

Published Thursday, 27th April 2017

Sort your waste image showing what items to place in the correct waste bin.
Dispose of your waste correctly.

Fairfield City Council’s ‘Sort Your Waste’ campaign has been heralded a huge success with over 700 local residents in multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) recognised for their recycling actions.

The more than 700 residents received the ‘MUD Recycling Ambassadors’ award for reducing their recycling bin to a ‘low’ or ‘no contamination’ status.

Mayor of Fairfield City, Frank Carbone, congratulated residents for their diligence towards the program and working together with Council to keep the planet clean for future generations.

“Council conducted extensive research in 2015 and identified some of the barriers of recycling correctly, such as language and communication gaps between Council, strata management, real estate agents and residents.

“By identifying these barriers, Council is able to develop programs, workshops and resources in a number of languages where residents are able to best understand important waste and recycling information,” said Mayor Carbone.

The ‘Sort Your Waste’ educational campaign was launched in February 2016 with the aim to reduce waste contamination and illegal dumping within MUDs, working together with residents to create a cleaner, more liveable City for all.

Community members are educated through site visits, on-site workshops and tagging of recycling bins. If residents dispose of waste correctly they receive a “happy bin” green tag and have the chance to become “MUD Recycling Ambassadors”. Those with contaminated bins receive a “sad bin” orange tag and may be registered on a contamination hot spot list.

Plastic shopping bags are the most common contaminant found in recycling. These cannot be placed in the recycling bin. Instead, they should be reused, returned to a supermarket that has a special plastic bag recycling station, or placed in your garbage bin.

“It is important to remove lids from jars and plastic bottles and give containers and bottles a quick rinse before placing them in the recycling bin,” said Mayor Carbone.

“Contamination causes problems when recyclable items are being sorted and affects the ability of the item to be processed into a new product.

“Let’s combat the waste contamination, by working together.”

ENDS

Media enquiries:    Suzie Sekulic, Communications and Marketing Officer
Phone:                      9725 0166
Email:                        fcccommunications@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au