Environmental Benefits of Recycling

The benefits of recycling to the environment are wider than you might think and extend from preserving natural resources to saving landfill space.

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said today “Using your yellow recycling bin benefits the environment in many ways.  Lithgow’s recycling system has been embraced by the community, but we need to make sure that this continues so these benefits have a lasting impact.”

“Recycling saves energy by reducing the need for natural resources but also saves on landfill space.  Since the commencement of the new recycling service an average of 21% of the total waste collected each month is now being recycled” advised Mayor Statham.

However, there is always room for improvement with contamination levels in the recycling stream rising slightly.

Mayor Statham added “Its important for people to remember what can go in their yellow bin.  This includes:

  • Packing glass (bottles and jars only)
  • All clean paper and cardboard
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Steel cans
  • Aluminium cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers (from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry)”

The following should not go in the recycling bin:

  • Garden waste
  • Polystyrene and foam
  • Ceramics
  • Nappies
  • Hazardous waste (chemicals, syringes, medical waste etc)
  • Any glass that is not a bottle or jar
  • Soft plastics (cling wrap, biscuit and chip packets etc)
  • Plastic bags

Councillor Statham added “If anyone is uncertain about what can be recycled then they can always download Council’s Waste and Recycling App, Waste Info which  includes information on kerbside recycling days, items that can be recycled and a reminder function for recycling collection days.”

Waste Info is available for free download from the App Store and Google.

To provide environmental leadership and ‘Enhancing our Natural Environment’ Strategies in the Community Strategic Plan 2026 by managing and providing recycling within the Lithgow Local Government area.


Andrew Muir
Group Manager Environment & Development
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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