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Be a Brimbank Gem – recycle right for your reward

Published on Monday 2 April, 2012

Council’s Be a Brimbank Gem campaign is back, offering householders the opportunity to earn rewards for recycling right, as part of Council’s ‘Proud to be Brimbank’ program.

The Be a Brimbank Gem campaign encourages all Brimbank residents to recycle right by placing only recyclable material into their Brimbank recycling bin, with the opportunity to earn a reward for recycling right.

In 2011 council rewarded 287 Brimbank householders for recycling right during the initial Be a Brimbank Gem program.

During April and May, Council’s Recycling Inspection Team will randomly select recycling bins placed out for collection and will take a look inside before they are emptied. The team will award a Brimbank Gem sticker to the bins they see as containing only the right recycling material, and the resident will be able to claim a reward.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators Mr Peter Lewinsky said Council had decided to continue the program this year as it is a positive environmental campaign that reinforces the message that there are benefits in recycling right.

“We had a great response last year, and believe programs like this are helping encourage recycling and sustainable living, and are building pride in Brimbank.

“Waste management is a critical function for Council, as a major challenge today is the protection of our environment for future generations.

“We all want to be proud of the place we live in, and this program is one that encourages residents to do the right thing, and be recognised for it, as a Brimbank Gem.”

Kerbside recycling levels at Brimbank are slightly below the state average of 283 kilos of recyclables per household, per annum across Victoria. Brimbank’s average sits at 274 kilos of recyclables collected per household per annum so waste reduction and increasing the level of recycling continues to be a key objective for Council. (Source: Local Government Waste Survey produced by Sustainability Victoria in 2009/2010)

Recycling right means placing only the correct recyclable material into the recycling bin and keeping all plastic bags out of recycling.

While bags are a tidy way to collect recyclables in the kitchen, residents are reminded to empty the materials out of the bag into the recycling bin, and then dispose of the bag separately. Clean plastic bags can be taken back to most supermarkets for recycling or placed in the garbage bin, but they can’t go into the Council recycling bin.

The aim of the Be a Brimbank Gem recycling campaign was to ensure residents are aware of the correct material that can go in their recycling bin. This includes:

  • Hard plastic bottles and containers including ice cream and margarine containers, soft drink, cordial, milk and detergent bottles
  • Clean paper and cardboard
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Aluminium cans and steel cans, and
  • Glass bottles and jars with lids placed in the bin separately.

More information about the Be a Brimbank Gem campaign will be delivered to all Brimbank residents this week.

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