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National Recycling Week


General news
1 November 2018 - Media Release

During National Recycling Week (12-18 November), Cumberland Council will be hosting a number of community information stalls to raise awareness of recycling and resource recovery products and services available to the community.

Residents are invited to drop in on the Resource Recovery Team at the following locations:

  • Wentworthville Plaza (near entrance), Tuesday 13 November, 9am - 3pm
  • Pemulwuy Marketplace (opposite Woolworths), Wednesday 14 November, 9am - 3pm
  • Auburn Central (opposite Ounce Jewellery), Thursday 15 November, 9am - 6pm

Staff will be giving out information packs in recycled hessian bags that Council bought back from Coffee Roasters, saving them from landfill.

Mayor Greg Cummings explained the theme of National Recycling Week 2018, From Waste War to Recycling Reboot, aims to resolve confusion surrounding how to recycle right and what happens to recycling.

“We want to take this opportunity to remind residents that it is important to always put waste in the right place,” Mayor Cummings said.

“Plastic bottles and containers, cardboard boxes and cartons, paper, aluminium and steel cans, glass bottles and jars, should be put in your recycling bin – the one with the yellow bin. Avoid placing recyclable items in plastic bags as these will not be recycled.

“Every fortnight when the recycling truck leaves your suburb, it heads to the VISY recycling plant at Smithfield. They have a huge machine called a Materials Recovery Facility which uses both manual (people) and mechanical sorting techniques to separate all the different types of recyclables. From here they are sold to reprocessing facilities to be made into new products.

“Council is committed to a cleaner, greener Cumberland, helping residents reduce household waste through recycling and raising awareness of other resource recovery and reuse avenues.

“This might start at your kerbside, but it doesn’t end there.

“We recently introduced a Compost Bin and Worm Farm Rebate Program, host Household Chemical CleanOuts in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority, run free workshops and much more!

“You can find out about these services at one of our three National Recycling Week community information stalls or participate online by following us on Facebook, where we’ll share handy #NationalRecyclingWeek tips and tricks every day.”