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Recycling and Waste Collection in the North

25-Jul-2013

Northern Tasmanian councils receive funding to roll out recycling strategy in public places 

A partnership of four northern Tasmanian councils, in collaboration with Keep Australia Beautiful (Tasmania), has received funding to roll out its public place recycling project over the next two months. The grant was provided under the 2013 Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Tasmania National Litter Plan - Pilot Program. 

Managed by the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group (NTWMG), the project will install 12 new dual waste and recycling bins in the Launceston, George Town, Meander Valley and Dorset municipalities. The bins selected are high quality stainless steel and are designed to have large openings, making it easy for the public to deposit recyclables. 

NTWMG chair Harry Galea said the initiative was part of a wider public awareness program involving nine northern region member councils.“Through the NTWMG, participating councils carry out initiatives to raise community awareness of recycling and waste management, as well as implement joint initiatives,” Mr Gale said. 

“A large part of our strategy is educating the community about waste reduction and resource recovery. “But we also look for ways to engage the general public to make sure that recycling does happen.” 

Mr Galea said the new dual waste and recycling bins would help to modify behaviours so “…people don’t treat all material as waste”. “It will also help support the environment through separating out waste and recyclables,” he said. Mr Galea said the project planned to provide a combined total of 25 recycling bins to the main business districts in northern Tasmania.  

KAB (Tasmania) chairman Ken Stewart said KABTas was focused on engaging community groups in identifying and cleaning up litter hotspots and would work with local government and private owners on these types of solutions. 

“We are focused on positively working with community and industry stakeholders to deliver positive environment and behavioural outcomes,” he said. 

Mr Stewart said the NBN pilot was fully funded by the Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, was in line with Option 2B of the Regulation Impact Statement and would address all litter and packaging recycling. 

The National Litter Plan - Pilot Program was officially launched at Bellerive in May 2012.