The Bin Inspection Program (BIP) aimed to assess current recycling bin use and educate residents in the Lithgow Local Government Area (LGA). Recycling bins from in three targeted inspection areas (Portland, and two site in Lithgow) were inspected from 8th – 10th May 2018.
Overall, more than half of all inspected recycling bins contained no contamination! A big congratulation as 84% of inspected recycling bins contained none or only minor contaminants. Portland recorded the lowest overall proportion of low or no contamination (81%) within the recycling bins inspected.
Overall the most commonly observed recycling contaminant was ‘Plastic packets/film’, which made up 52% of contaminants observed. Another significant contaminant was ‘Recycling in plastic bags’, followed by ‘Tissues/serviettes’.
Please remember don’t put your recycling in plastic bags as this will contaminate the entire bin, and result in your recycling being landfilled. So remember ‘No Soft Plastics’ in your recycling!