High time to get recycling right, say Facebook readers
RESIDENTS need to take more responsibility for reducing their household waste, according to The Northern Star's Facebook readers.
This week we ran a story about the weird - and dangerous - items being put into recycling bins and ending up at Lismore's Material Recycling Facility. These included syringes, asbestos and dead animals.
In response, many of the Star's Facebook readers said it was time for people to change their attitudes towards recycling.
"People reducing their waste would help," Linda McLeod said.
"Compost food scraps, use cloth nappies, buy less packed foods, etc, etc ... nine times out of 10, my normal garbage isn't full after two weeks and that's with a family of five."
Naomi-Lee Elwell said: "People need to take notice and actually care about which bin they are putting their items in."
Roseanne Birmingham said some people were "not into detail, don't care and /or are lazy".
"No amount of education or notices will make a difference," she wrote.
Facebook reader Narissa Phelps said that, despite Lismore City Council's best efforts, "there are so many who don't know how much CAN go in the yellow bin and that means some are putting things in their red bin that don't need to be there."
"It is our responsibility to reduce waste and we can only do that when we are educated to know the many things we can recycle," she wrote.
But other Facebook readers said councils should reconsider a weekly collection of the red and yellow bins.
Sophie Hilliard said: "The red bin needs to go out every week. That would stop people using their recycling bin for rubbish."
Tammy Willis agreed, and said nappies took up a lot of space.
"By two weeks it is overflowing with rubbish and maggots and it's pretty feral," she posted on the Star's Facebook page.
"This is probably why people don't do the right thing as they have no more room in the red or the yellow."
Meanwhile, Joel Orchard suggested a way to deal with people who don't "do the right thing".
"There has got to be some sort of electronic ID tagging which can identify contaminants as they enter the trucks," he said.
"Earmark houses for repeat offenders and don't take their trash.
"If people can't get recycling right we are doomed."