Lismore City Council Waste Education Officer Kevin Trustum at the council’s waste facility in Wyrallah Road, Lismore.
Lismore City Council Waste Education Officer Kevin Trustum at the council’s waste facility in Wyrallah Road, Lismore. Jacklyn Wagner

Lismore catches recycling bug

LISMORE ratepayers are recycling like never before, with the rate hitting 51 per cent of total waste for the first time and saving more than 23,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Whether it is due to the area’s growing environmental consciousness or higher State Government waste levies, Lismore Council’s waste education officer Kevin Trustum said the rate of recycling jumped 7 per cent last financial year.

“It’s a significant result for the community,” he said.

At a recent state-wide waste forum before the recycling figures were announced Lismore Council was named as the third best council for reducing the amount of waste going into landfill.

Mr Trustum said residents were increasingly making use of the tips’ new self-sorting section at the Resource Recovery Facility and new recycling initiatives.

“Council aims to save as much waste from going to landfill as possible and encourage recycling,” he said.

“It is hoped that recycling rates will exceed 68pc by 2014 in order to achieve NSW State Government targets”.

Tougher government environmental controls, licence conditions and the new landfill levy will make disposal of waste to landfill and increasingly expensive option, Mr Trustum said.

“The landfill levy, which is currently $20.40, will exceed $80 by 2016 and will continue to make recycling a more cost effective option.”

“Council is continually researching and introducing new waste minimisation and recycling programs for a low waste future and recent additions include the recycling of polystyrene, mattresses and plastic wrap.”

He said reducing the need to open new landfills would significantly reduce pressure on the council’s budget.

WHAT WAS RECYCLED    

7,922 tonne of green waste & organics

15 tonne of hazardous chemical waste

38 tonne vehicle batteries (containing lead and acid)

816 tonne of paper and cardboard

4934 tonne of recyclables, such as aluminium cans and plastics)

860 tonne of scrap steel

15 tonne of used oil

440 tonne of pre-loved goods recycled through the Revolve Centre

1550 tonne of timber

4498 tonne of concrete, rubble, bricks and tiles

50 tonne of tyres

123 tonne of electronic waste (such as TVs and computers)



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