New recycling facilities for the Coast’s public places
  • Thursday 12 April 2012

Sunshine Coast Council and the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum today launched a new initiative to increase recycling and reduce waste to landfill.

Twenty new recycling bins specifically for plastic, aluminium and glass beverage containers have been installed at high use areas including the Sunshine Coast’s beaches and popular hinterland areas.

Waste and Resources Manager, Wayne Schafer said the new recycling bins were expected to divert approximately three semi trailer loads of beverage containers from landfill annually.

"Residents and visitors can now easily recycle their bottles and cans when they’re finished by simply putting them in the recycling bins provided," Mr Schafer said.

"This means that rather than going to landfill, the recyclable materials will be reused for products such as carpets, fabrics and new beverage containers.

"This new initiative aligns with the Waste Minimisation Strategy – to reduce landfill by 70% by 2020, and complements council’s existing domestic and commercial recycling programs that diverted 33,000 tonnes of recyclables from landfill last year."

General Manager of the Packaging Stewardship Forum, Jenny Pickles said research had shown that people want to recycle when they’re out and about.

"The new recycling bins will enable locals and visitors to keep the Sunshine Coast litter free and divert recyclable material from landfill," Ms Pickles said.

"The new recycling systems are a great example of the types of proactive programs the beverage industry is undertaking to address the issue of packaging product stewardship."

The permanent waste and recycling bins carry the national call to action to recycle, Do The Right Thing, Use The Right Bin.