New recycling service for Ballina
THE youths of the Ballina Shire have been given a mission: to help educate people about the new three-bin waste service.
New organic-garden bins will be delivered to homes from next week. The collection service starts on July 4.
Ballina Shire Council launched the service at the Ballina Public School yesterday, where mayor Phillip Silver and councillors Sue Meehan and Jeff Johnson told Year 6 students they had a responsibility to help their parents understand more about recycling.
“What better way than launching it to a captive audience such as school students, who can help drive the message home,” Cr Silver said.
The North East Waste Forum was also at the school for the launch with its educational display, “The Green House: Living With Less Waste”.
The new three-bin waste service will include a weekly collection of garden and organic material and fortnightly services for recycling and garbage bins.
All organics and garden waste can be placed in the new bin, which has a bright, lime-green lid.
Garden trimmings, weeds and lawn clippings can be also put in the organics bin.
The existing recycling bin should be used for glass bottles, plastic bottles, paper, cardboard, aluminium cans and milk and juice cartons.
The council's water, sewer and waste manager Rod Dawson, said the changes had been thoroughly researched and would be a “great move for the shire both economically and environmentally”.
“This has been the result of some real forward-thinking,” he said.
“The new collection service has the potential to divert half of the waste collected in the household waste bin, which is going to landfill.
“This will help to preserve the landfill, which is running out of space, and reduce the tax council has to pay on the waste that is placed in its landfill.
“Removing garden and organics waste from landfill helps prevent methane and leachate production while ensuring valuable resources are not wasted.”
Plastic bags must not be placed in the garden-organics bin. Rolls of 75 compostable bags – made from corn starch – will be available from the tip from mid-June.
Phone 6686 1287 or visit www.ballina.nsw.gov.au for more information.