Residents invited to get a behind-the-scenes look at Townsville’s recycling facility

Date published: 14 November 2018

Residents are invited to find out exactly what happens to their recycling once it leaves the yellow bin as Townsville City Council opens up the Materials Recovery Facility as part of National Recycling Week.

Townsville Water and Waste Committee Chair Russ Cook said Council was always looking for ways to ensure more items get recycled, which prevents them ending up in landfill.

“We collect almost 12,500 tonnes of recyclables from yellow lid bins annually and our kerbside collection is provided to over 78,000 households – we want recycling to be easy and accessible for all of our residents,” Cr Cook said.

“About 6,500 tonnes of paper and cardboard, 800 tonnes of plastic and 600 tonnes of steel and aluminium get recycled each year.

“Council also recycles 4500 tonnes of glass and we turn a significant amount of those stubbies into new products such as road base and building materials.

“It would be great to see residents visiting our state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility during the open day to discover how we manage city’s recycling.”

Cr Cook said National Recycling Week is a great way to educate the community and put the focus back on recycling.

“National Recycling Week is a fantastic initiative – all residents have a part to play in recycling and looking after the environment,” Cr Cook said.

The Materials Recovery Facility Open Day is on Sunday 18 November from 9am – 12noon, residents are asked to bring along a water bottle to fill up at the hydration station on site.