Lismore embraces new recycling scheme

CONFUSED about what to put in each of your bins with the new Lismore local government area's recycling program changes? Worry no more.

Since the opening of Lismore's Materials Recovery Facility MRF and Glass Processing Plant, some people have had questions: Can bottle tops go in my yellow bin? (Yes, they can.) Can our disposable nappies go in our green or yellow bins? (No, they can't.)

Lismore City Council's waste operations coordinator Kevin Trustum said he was pleasantly surprised at the huge level of interest in Lismore's new recycling changes.

The $3.65 million Materials Recovery Facility and Glass Processing Plant was opened a month ago and since the education campaign was released, Council has been inundated with inquiries and questions about what to recycle and how.

"People have been really receptive. It's amazing and, quite frankly, it's what we were counting on to make the MRF work," Kevin said.

"We have always had excellent recycling rates and take-up of our education campaigns in Lismore. It's wonderful because it means a venture like this is going to be a great success.

"What's quite funny is some of the questions we are getting - it's almost too good to be true. People are finding it hard to believe they can recycle almost everything now, including plastic bags!"

Kevin believes Lismore is the first council in Australia to have devised a way to recycle plastic bags and keep them from landfill.

To find out what can go in each bin and how to use the Resource Recovery Collection Satchels, visit

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