Education project co-ordinator with the North East Waste Forum, Karen Rudkin said last financial year more than 19,000 tonnes of household materials were recycled in the NEWF region of Byron Shire, Tweed Shire, Ballina Shire, Richmond Valley, Kyogle and Clarence Valley Council areas.
“This saved 9550 tonnes of CO2 being emitted to the atmosphere and is the equivalent of 2290 cars being permanently removed from our roads,” she said.
“It also equals a water saving of more than 315,000 megalitres (126 Olympic sized swimming pools) and a total energy saving of 316,500 gigajoules or the equivalent annual electricity requirements of 1465 homes.”
Ms Rudkin said recycling bottles, cans, jars and paper and cardboard at home was a great start, however to ‘Recycle Right’ everyone needed to make sure they put the right things into home recycling bins.
“When we put the wrong items in a household recycling bin, we contaminate the entire contents of the bin and reduce the effectiveness of the whole recycling process,” she said.
“For example a single plastic bag can get caught up in processing machinery and shut down an entire material recovery facility; and just five grams of drink-ware glass or Pyrex in a recycling bin, can contaminate a tonne of otherwise recyclable bottle and jar glass because it melts at a different temperature.
“The North East Waste Forum and Byron Shire Council encourage all residents to address climate change by recycling.”
Electronic or e-waste can now be dropped off at the Myocum Tip for recycling.
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