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Council invites residents to rethink their rubbish

12 March, 2018Posted in: Environment, Events
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Wingecarribee Shire Council will be hosting two free waste wise workshops in a bid to help residents unwrap common myths about recycling.

The workshops will be held on Tuesday 20 March and Tuesday 10 April at Council’s Resource Recovery Centre (RRC).

The Can We Recycle Soft Plastics workshops both start at 10am.

Council’s Waste Education Officer, Libby Guest, explained that when it comes to soft plastic recycling, the message has been confusing.

“The most common recycling mistake is throwing in soft plastics such as plastic bags and food packaging in with the rest of your plastic containers.

“While plastic bags and other soft plastic is sometimes made from recyclable content, their light-weight nature often results in them getting caught around moving machine parts, causing machines to jam,” she said.

Soft plastics and other household problem waste can be recycled for free at Council’s Community Recycling Centre.

To view the full list of recyclable items accepted for free at the Community Recycling Centre visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/community-recycling-centre.

The presentation will provide practical advice on sorting soft plastics and diverting these items from landfill. Residents are also encouraged to bring along their soft plastics for sorting on the day.

Following the workshop residents are invited to a tour of the Resource Recovery Centre at 10.45am.

Discover what happens to your waste once it leaves the kerb, how your green waste is processed and learn about what items can and can’t be recycled and why.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

A small amount of walking is required by participants on the tour. Enclosed footwear must be worn as the Resource Recovery Centre is an active worksite.

Participants are advised that tours will go ahead in wet weather and an umbrella or raincoat should be brought if the weather appears inclement.

Book for either or both sessions by calling Council’s Waste Education Officer on 4868 0888 or email waste.education@wsc.nsw.gov.au.