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Recycling Right in the Warrumbungle Shire Area

With the introduction of recycling bins and the “Return and Earn” container refund scheme, there are more recyclables than ever being kept out of landfill.

Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Council Denis Todd said, “Recycling our waste in the Warrumbungle Shire area is easier and has become a daily activity which has real environmental benefits. When you recycle, you help save important natural resources. You also save energy, conserve landfill space, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and reduce pollution.”

“Throughout Warrumbungle Shire area there is an opportunity for every resident to recycle, whether it is at the local Waste Depots, through the “Return and Earn” scheme at collection points at Coonabarabran and Dunedoo Waste Depots, or the simply by the use of the household yellow lidded recycling bins all residence have”, said Cr Todd.

Warrumbungle Shire Council Director Environmental and Development Services, Ms Leeanne Ryan said, “Council is urging everyone to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, but do so cleanly and correctly. We can recycle clean cardboard and paper, glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminium cans as well as your plastic bottles and juice containers. Items such as plastic bags, nappies or food waste are not considered recyclables and need to be placed in the household waste bins.”

Ms Ryan explained “each fortnight Council staff empties your recycling bin and delivers the material to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at the Coonabarabran Waste Facility. The MRF is where household recyclables are sorted into individual commodity streams, such as paper, metals, plastic and glass using machinery, while Council employees remove large pieces of contamination and plastic bags by hand.”

Ms Ryan explained that, “Plastic Bags are not to be placed in the recycling bins. Residents need to simply put recyclable items loosely into the yellow lidded bins. Staff at the recycling centre will not open plastic bags, so anything placed in a plastic bag will end up in landfill. Make sure jars, bottles and cans are empty and contain no liquid or food.”

For more information on waste services in Warrumbungle Shire, including when your recycling will be collected, visit Council’s website or drop in to the Coolah or Coonabarabran Council Office.

For more information on the NSW Return and Earn program visit https://returnandearn.org.au 

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Image: Council Staff working at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at the Coonabarabran Waste Facility

Last Updated: 13 May 2019