Benalla Rural City Council is urging Benalla’s residents and ratepayers to “Get It Right on Bin Night” and reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfill.
Council’s support for the “Get It Right on Bin Night” program, run by Sustainability Victoria from 15 August to 22 September, coincides with the announcement of a free e-waste recycling program and the upcoming distribution of landfill vouchers, valid for twelve months, with rates notices.
“Everyone knows it is a good idea to recycle,” said Acting Mayor Cr Suzy Martin at the announcement of free recycling for televisions and computers at Benalla Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre today. “Sometimes people aren’t quite sure what they can recycle, or the correct way to do it.”
Cr Martin said that people should consider recycling from all the rooms in their house, including the bathroom and laundry.
“For plastic packaging, look for the recycling symbol,” she said. “And if it is cardboard, paper or aluminium, of course it can be recycled. There are guidelines on the lids of the recycling bins that the Council provides. Just remember – don’t put your recycling in plastic bags when you put it in the recycling bin.”
Cr Martin said that the kerbside recycling was not the only recycling service offered by the Council.
“We have just announced free recycling for televisions and computers at the Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre,” she said. People can also leave clean fill, white goods, separated scrap metal, paper, cardboard, bottles, domestic oil (up to 20 litres), car batteries and metal car parts, for free.
Council will also be distributing landfill vouchers with rates notices which are due to be delivered in coming weeks. The vouchers entitle the holder to free disposal of general, green and e-waste and are valid for a full twelve months until 30 September 2014. Cr Martin encouraged non-resident ratepayers with tenanted properties to pass on the voucher to their tenants to enable them to utilise the free disposal.
“The Council has an important role to play in encouraging people to reduce landfill,” Cr Martin said. “It reduces the cost of managing landfill, which reduces pressure on rates, but most of all, it’s good for the environment.”
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