Waste not, win an iPad and learn about recycling
THANKS to her commitment to recycling Sharon Simpson is the winner of a new mini-iPad.
The Casino resident participated in a community survey about Richmond Valley Council’s waste and recycling services, held earlier this year.
Mrs Simpson has set up a four-bin collection system in her kitchen, to ensure she can capture bagged soft plastics in one bin, other recycling in another and general waste in the third bin.
She is all set to sort her food waste into her fourth bin, or use the bench-top kitchen caddy which will be delivered to residents next month.
On presentation of her prize, Sharon also learned that all hard plastics can be recycled, such as plastic meat trays, shampoo containers and polystyrene.
They can be bagged and placed in the recycling bin.
“With all food scraps going into the green bins, and pretty much everything else into the recycling bins, what will be left to go into our red bins?” Mrs Simpson asked.
“I will change around my kitchen sorting system so the smallest bin will be for the red wheelie bin.”
The new weekly food waste collection will commence on Monday, June 13 in Casino, and Monday 20 June on the Mid Richmond and surrounds.
The green-lidded organics bin will be collected weekly while the general waste (red lid) bin will move to a fortnightly collection, like the recycling (yellow lid).
It is expected that more than 2500 tonnes of organic waste will be diverted from landfill each year as a result of the new weekly service.
There are 38 councils across NSW who have already, or who are in the process of implementing, a similar food waste collection service.
In green bins:
All food scraps including meat bones and seafood
Bread, pasta and rice
Soiled paper and cardboard, such as pizza boxes
Soiled tissues and paper towels
Teabags and coffee grounds
Compostable coffee cups and cutlery
Leaves, flowers and weeds
Council approved compostable liners
A benchtop kitchen caddy will be delivered to residents receiving the new service to help with separating food waste in the kitchen. A roll of compostable bin liners and an information pack, calendars, and fridge magnet will also be provided.