New bins put lid on market waste efforts

REDUCING the amount of rubbish collected at the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter's Lennox Head Community Market is a project close to Joni Teal's heart.

“It's about getting people in the habit of sorting their rubbish, a vital first step in recycling,” Mrs Teal, the market manager, said.

“Our challenge is to reduce the quantity of market waste ending up in landfill.

“We already see a lot of shoppers with reusable bags, so I know people are aware we can all play a part in reducing our waste.”

North East Waste Forums business waste reduction co-ordinator, Jeanie McKillop, said Lennox Community Market had joined a number of other markets across the region in embracing a more environmentally sound approach.

“The market is a community event that attracts locals and visitors to a beautiful natural setting,” she said.

“It is great to see the organisers work to improve their environment and reduce their carbon footprint.

“It's a bonus to the community on top of the service already provided by the rescue helicopter.”

People at the Lennox Community Market next Sunday at the Lake Ainsworth Nature Reserve will find designated coloured bins - red, green and yellow - at various points.

The green bin is for compostable material like food scraps and paper, the yellow for recyclable material and the red bin is for all other materials.

“It will be the first market in the Ballina Shire to be waste wise,” Mrs Teal said.

“I approached the North East Waste Forum to do a waste audit of the market and it worked out how much recyclables and other waste materials there were coming from the market.

“It is important to be environmentally aware because the market takes place in a nature reserve and it's a sensitive environmental area.

“We must get people to think about the rubbish they throw away, the way they get rid of it and about ways they can reduce their rubbish.

“By installing waste stations at the market, people will be forced to think when they throw their rubbish in the bin.”

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