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It has never been more important to recycle right

Published on Wednesday 16 May, 2018

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City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst is urging residents to recycle carefully, following recent media reports that China will no longer be accepting recyclable materials from Australia and a number of other countries around the world.

The decision by Chinese authorities will likely have far-reaching effects on the City of Gosnells and our ratepayers.

In the face of these global changes to the way that certain materials are recycled, the actions we take at a local level to minimise waste and recycle effectively have never been more important.

Mayor Dewhurst said he felt it was important to contact the City’s residents directly, to remind them of the ways we can work together to maximise the effectiveness of recycling efforts.

“We have been recycling as a community for about 30 years now and many City of Gosnells residents are already getting it right when it comes to recycling,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“For this, I thank you.

“But it appears that some people may have become complacent about taking the appropriate level of care when placing materials in the recycling bin.

“There is so much more that we can all do as individuals and as a community to separate items for recycling. Together we can work towards reduced contamination of recycled materials and less waste going to landfill.”

Just one incorrectly sorted item can have the potential to contaminate an entire load of recyclable material, which means it is vital that all residents think carefully about what they put into their recycling bin.

Here are some simple ways that we can all make a difference:

  1. Keep nappies and fabric out of your recycling bin.
  2. Leave your recycling items loose inside the yellow top bin. Please don’t put plastic bags full of recyclable items in the recycle bin.
  3. Keep all food waste out of your recycling bin.
  4. Wash out all glass and plastic bottles and containers and remove lids before recycling.

“It is critical that the City of Gosnells and its residents take action now to recycle right and stop the costs of recycling rising significantly,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“I look forward to working with our community to make this City a leader in effective waste and recycling management.”

For more information about waste and recycling in the City of Gosnells, visit the City’s website www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.

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