Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Singleton residents have combined to save 500,000 tonnes of packaging from landfill in time to celebrate Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week (November 7 to 13).
Hunter Resource Recovery (HRR) CEO Roger Lewis said the amount of packaging collected and recycled since 1997 has filled more than 89,000 collection vehicles and has saved 1.37 million cubic metres of landfill space.
Mr Lewis said if you could place each cubic metre saved end to end it would build a wall that would stretch from Singleton to Melbourne.
This advertising feature is sponsored by the following business. Click the link to learn more:
He said Hunter residents are amongst the nation’s best recyclers with an average of 242.5 kilos per household per year collected.
“Our member councils and local residents should be proud of the valuable contributions they are making to the environment and their community through the simple task of recycling,” Mr Lewis said.
Hunter residents are amongst the nation’s best recyclers with an average of 242.5 kilos per household per year collected.
“Every resident who continues to ‘recycle right’ should be very proud of what they have achieved to date and accept the sincere gratitude of their council for their support.”
The milestone has been 19 years in the making with recycling volumes growing every year. In 1997 the HRR member councils recycled 15,000 tonnes compared to 33,115 tonnes in 2015-16.
Benefits of recycling 500,000 tonnes
Hunter Resource Recovery was established by Cessnock, Lake Macquarie and Maitland councils in 1997 to provide the yellow lid kerbside recycling service. Singleton Council joined in 2012.
The fortnightly collection contract is performed by Solo Resource Recovery, a family-owned Australian Company.
Planet Ark founded national recycling week in 1996.
The annual campaign promotes kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives and gives people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.
For more information visit hrr.com.au.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.