Q&A session part of council's recycling week program

Date published: 7 November 2016

Residents will have the opportunity to have their recycling questions answered thanks to a Facebook Q&A session on Wednesday to coincide with National Recycling Week, November 7-13.

Council’s recycling experts will be online on council’s Facebook page from 12pm-3pm to answer questions such as what can and can’t be recycled, what happens with the rubbish and tips on increasing recycling around the home.

During the week, Townsville residents are urged to take a closer look at their rubbish habits and how they can help to reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfills.

The annual event hopes to raise public awareness of the benefits of recycling and to dispel some of the myths around what can and can’t be put into the yellow-lidded wheelie bins.

Townsville Water and Waste Committee chair Cr Paul Jacob said Townsville City Council provided 74,500 properties with waste and recycling services and annually collected 12,500 tonnes of recyclables.

“The more we can recycle, the less goes to landfill,” Cr Jacob said.

“Items such as car batteries, TVs, computers, clean metals, used oil, gas bottles and clean soil can all be recycled for free at council’s transfer stations.

“Items that should be regularly recycled include steel and aluminium cans and aerosols, glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard products like pizza boxes and plastic bottles and containers.”

Cr Jacob said one of the biggest mistakes residents made was putting their recyclables in plastic bags.

“We really need to get the message out there not to bag recyclables,” he said.

“It makes sorting difficult and has the potential to cause damage to the machinery at the recycle facility.”

During National Recycling Week, council will host a pop-up stall at the Cotters Markets on Sunday, November 13.

The stand will feature recycling competitions, composting and DIY worm tubing. There will be prizes up for grabs including movie tickets, compost bins and worm farms.

Pick up great household recycling tips while you’re there.

To find out more about our city’s recycling visit www.townsville.qld.gov.au