Rosalie, 3, strollers through adult world
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
ROSALIE Bain may be only three, but she has already learnt 'everything old can be new again'.
Or at least that was what she hoped would become of her beloved stroller as she pushed it through piles of rubbish at the Lismore tip yesterday.
Her mother Maree Thompson, of Boatharbour, said the family were avid recyclers and thought the pram would be an ideal candidate for a makeover.
"It's eight years old and it's survived three kids," said Maree.
"Rosalie didn't want to get rid of it. She wanted to keep it for her toys, but it wasn't even good enough for those anymore."
Henderson's Metal Recyclers employee Paddy Byrne, whose job is to scavenge for recyclable waste at the tip, said the stroller was definitely on its last wheels.
"It's pretty out of nick," he said.
"And there are safety issues with things like that, so it wouldn't be able to be sold again."
After handing the stroller over to Paddy, Rosalie could do nothing but watch as it was crushed by a bulldozer.
Lismore City Council waste minimisation officer Libby Kelly said Rosalie was part of a growing generation of budding recyclers.
As the nation celebrates Recycling Week Ms Kelly boasted that more than 75 per cent of Lismore residents regularly take part in some form of recycling, compared with an Australia-wide average of 63 per cent.
She said that figure was particularly impressive, considering there was no kerbside pick-up service offered, such as those in towns like Byron Bay and Ballina.
"Lismore City Council has a network of drop-in centres for plastics, glass, aluminium, pa- per and cardboard," she said.
"We have a kerbside service for organic materials, but the community seems to have always embraced the drop-off centre network."
North East Waste Forum coordinator Linda Tohver said the highest recycling rate in the region was in the Byron Shire at 98 per cent.
"But in Byron there are dividers in residents' bins, so really just by putting out your rubbish you're recycling," she said.
The second-highest rate was Ballina at 85 per cent with the lowest in the Richmond Valley Shire at just 40 per cent.