Lithgow’s War on Waste

Recycling Bin Inspection Program Highlighted Recycling on the Right Track.

Lithgow City Council has just completed a Recycling Bin Inspection Program (BIP). The BIP aimed to assess recycling bins in Portland, Lithgow, Wallerawang and Bowenfels as a snapshot of current recycling behaviours.

Contamination levels of recycling bins were recorded during the inspections and bins with no visible contamination received a ‘Thank You’ bin tag. Bins with contaminants received a ‘Contamination’ bin tag with the offending materials identified on the tag. The tags provided direct feedback to households about the contents of their recycling bin and ‘recapped’ what can and cannot be accepted to assist residents with their household recycling.

Lithgow Mayor, Councillor Stephen Lesslie Said “Overall, 69% of recycling bins inspected contained no or low contamination, which is a fantastic effort. Central Lithgow had the lowest contamination with Portland and Wallerawang performing equally well. Bowenfels have some catching up to do but I’m sure residents are up to the challenge.”

The most commonly observed recycling contaminants were ‘Plastic packets/film’ and ‘Recycling in plastic bags’, with other common contaminants such as ‘Polystyrene’ and ‘General Rubbish’.

Overall Lithgow residents are doing a great job with 80-90% of recycling bins inspected only having up to three minor contaminants in them in three of the four areas! There is always room for improvement, and all it takes is a moment to think before placing a contaminant in the recycling bin.

If you want to be certain what you can recycle go to Council’s dedicated Waste Website or download the Lithgow Waste App ‘Waste Info’ for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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

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