Sorting saves time and environment

Date published: 4 January 2022

Townsville residents can do their part for the environment simply by taking the time at home to pack their car, ute or trailer properly before heading to the local tip.

Townsville Water and Waste chairperson Russ Cook said locals sorting their loads correctly would not only save time spent at Townsville transfer stations, but also reduce the impact on the environment.

“Every year in Townsville more than 165,000 tonnes of waste ends up in landfill,” Cr Cook said.

“By taking a little bit of extra time at home and separating items like recyclables, items that could be re-sold at the tip shop, white goods, green waste and general waste, we can make sure everything is disposed of properly.

“A large percentage of what people dump could have been resold, repurposed or recycled.

“We have a vision for Townsville to transition towards a circular economy and move towards zero waste.

“It’s bold, but it is a vision we think is possible and we need participation from our wider community to achieve it.

“So by doing little things like separating general waste and reusable items like whitegoods, electronic goods or cardboard boxes in your load you can cut down on your waste and potentially give items a new life through recycling.”

Visit our Waste and Recycling pages for more information.

Watch our helpful Sort your Load video below: