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Posted on: 10 May, 2018

Council encourages community to keep recycling

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Council thanks community for their recycling efforts, and remind locals of the importance in utilising kerbside recycling collections, reassuring that recyclables collected in our region are still processed domestically and are not sent to landfill.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council would like to thank the community for their recycling efforts, and remind locals of the importance in utilising kerbside recycling collections. Council is reassuring residents that the recyclables collected in the Snowy Monaro region are still processed domestically and are not sent to landfill.

Council’s kerbside recycling collections have not been impacted by recent changes abroad and locals are encouraged to continue separating their recyclable material from general household waste.

“Our community works hard to minimise waste and it’s important we continue to maintain our great recycling efforts,” Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney said.

What can go in the recycling bin?
• Aluminium is a highly valuable resource and aluminium food trays and foil can be recycled! Simply scrape/remove excess food and scrunch into a ball golf-size or larger
• Aerosols can be recycled, please ensure they are completely empty and lids removed
• Paper towels, serviettes, tissues and toilet paper cannot be recycled. The central cardboard roll in toilet paper, foil , cling wrap and paper towel can be recycled
• Paper and Cardboard all can be recycled, except shredded paper. Shredded paper can be composted or can be placed into the waste bin.
• Rigid plastics including plastic drink bottles, milk bottles, rigid plastic containers including fruit punnets, meat trays and biscuit trays are all generally recyclable – look for the recycling triangle and the numbers 1, 2, 3 & 5 which can all go in the recycling bin.

What cannot go in the recycling bin?
• Please do not put plastic bags or any soft plastic (like bread bags, lolly bags, plastic wrap) in the comingled recycling. These can be taken to your local REDcycle collection point* for recycling or general waste bin but cannot go in your kerbside recycling bin.
• Window glass, pyrex dishes, wine glasses (or any pre-heated glass) and crockery are not recyclable and need to be placed in the waste bin.
• Batteries and fluoro lights can be deposited for free at Community Recycling Centres and Council Waste Facilities.

Why recycle?
Recycling is one of the easiest things you can do to help the environment. The recycling process has many benefits including:

• Protecting natural habitats by reducing the amount of raw materials being extracted from the environment
• Reducing the air and water pollution that is generated through the extraction, refinement and processing of raw materials
• Saving energy used in the extraction, refining, transportation and processing of raw materials into products and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
• Decreasing the amount of rubbish sent to landfill and reducing the need for new waste disposal facilities

If you require any further information on recycling or other waste avoidance strategies please contact Council’s Resource and Waste Education department. Information sessions can be arranged for community groups.

**To find where soft plastics can be recycled near you see: http://www.redcycle.net.au/where-to-redcycle/

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