News

Do right thing, and win

DO THE RIGHT BIN: Ballina Shire Council’s communication and education officer – waste, Kate Pye, with a hamper you could win by putting the right things in your organics bin.
DO THE RIGHT BIN: Ballina Shire Council’s communication and education officer – waste, Kate Pye, with a hamper you could win by putting the right things in your organics bin.

HOW easy is this?

You could win a $30 fruit and vegie hamper simply by putting the right stuff into your organics bin at home.

Now, that's gold.

And the Ballina Shire Council bin campaign is called "green to gold".

Council's communication and education officer - waste, Kate Pye, said contamination of green waste in the organic bins had started to creep up since the bins were introduced in urban areas of the shire in July 2011.

The big problem, she said, was residents putting plastic bags and "degradable" bags into the organics bin which is meant only for organic waste that can compost within a 12-week period.

Because of the increasing contamination - and to reward residents who are "doing the right bin" - council introduced the "green to gold" campaign, with the end-result compost being the "gold" which can help grow fruit and vegies.

Council staff will be inspecting bins randomly from February 1 through to the end of April.

Those who have done the right bin will get a "Well done" sticker on their organics bin and go into the draw to be one of the 10 winners each month of a fruit and vegie hamper.

Those who have contaminated their waste will get an "Oh no" sticker on their organics bin telling them what they did wrong, and the bin may not be collected the following week if the problem persists.

The fruit and vegie hampers come from Nourish green grocer in Cherry St, Ballina, and winners of hampers will be published in the council notices in the Advocate as well as notified by mail.

Those with any doubts about what you can and can't put in the what bin, contact Ballina Shire Council on 6686 4444.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Quick thinking from market organisers may have saved lives

The tree that cracked in half and fell at Mullumbimby markets this morning.

Tree falls down at Mullumbimby markets

OPINION: The great white shark hype

Great white shark smiling in the blue ocean

If there's a shark sighting, I want to know about it

Hand-painted in love

INSPIRATION: Jess Fletcher and her hand-painted surfboard.

Cancer Council fundraiser Jess Lambert is raffling off a syrfboard.

Local Partners

New deputy mayor signals fresh priorities

The first meeting of the new Byron council was a friendly affair, complete with singing from two councillors and the election of the new deputy mayor.

Byron home wins prestigious architecture award

HIGH FLYER: Gull House by Harley Graham Architects took out the hotly contested Residential Architecture - Houses (New) at the Australian Institute of Architects' NSW Country Division Awards.

Two Byron firms have won architecture awards.

Quick thinking from market organisers may have saved lives

The tree that cracked in half and fell at Mullumbimby markets this morning.

Tree falls down at Mullumbimby markets

OPINION: The great white shark hype

Great white shark smiling in the blue ocean

If there's a shark sighting, I want to know about it

Hand-painted in love

INSPIRATION: Jess Fletcher and her hand-painted surfboard.

Cancer Council fundraiser Jess Lambert is raffling off a syrfboard.

Forza Horizon 3 review: Australia's never looked so good

Fancy racing a freight train?

Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Twelve Apostles feature

Margaret wins silver at over-85s world tournament

TENNIS STAR: Byron's Margaret Fisher has won the silver at the women's over-85 world tournament in Croatia.

Byron's Margearet Fisher takes tennis silver in Croatia.

WAVE RAVE: Aussies third in Portugal

WAVE RAVE: The Australian Team that went to Portugal. Photo: REZENDES

THE 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship finished in Portugal

The Space Cowboy, our Prince of the Impossible

SPELLBINDING: The Space Cowboy, Byron Bay's Chayne Hultgren, on the microphone.

The Voodoo Review is on this weekend

Jason Dundas ready for X Factor debut

The X Factor host Jason Dundas.

NEW season of reality singing show features new host and judges.

What's on the small screen this week

The X Factor judges Adam Lambert, Iggy Azalea and Guy Sebastian.

A WAVE of new shows will launch after the footy finals.

Britney Spears smoked cannabis as a teenager

Britney Spears

Britney Spears experimented with cannabis when she was 17.

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.