Residents Urged to Rethink Recycling

Published on 05 May 2022


Residents will have the opportunity to learn about recycling more of their household problem wastes and reducing how much they send to landfill at upcoming event on Hyde St Bellingen near the IGA between 11am and 2pm on Friday 6th May.

The events will be coordinated by MidWaste Regional Waste Forum (MidWaste) and supported by Bellingen Shire Council.

Ali Bigg, Coordinator at MidWaste acknowledges not everyone knows that many household problem wastes can be recycled.

“Household waste such as household batteries and fluorescent globes and tubes can be recycled at local Community Recycling Centres. 99% of small household batteries like AA or AAA batteries can be recycled yet over 90% of batteries end up in landfill. In landfill, the materials these items are made from are lost forever. There is also a risk to workers and the environment if these items are placed in the red bin” Ms Bigg said.

Bellingen Shire Council would like to see more household waste diverted from landfill and recycled into new products.

“The exciting thing is as the circular economy grows, things we once saw as waste are now starting to be recycled into new products rather than ending up in landfill. We can all support this by taking things that don’t belong in our kerbside bins but can be recycled or correctly disposed of to the Community Recycling Centre,” said Sam Tate of Bellingen Shire Council.

Community Recycling Centres offer a free and easy solution for the disposal of household problem waste. Residents can drop off their problem household wastes like car and household batteries, gas bottles, aerosols, paint, used motor oil, fluorescent globes and tubes, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers for FREE to ensure they are recycled where possible and appropriately disposed of where required. It helps keep workers and our environment safe from harm.  

Residents are invited to come along to the pop-up events at Hyde St Bellingen near the IGA between 11am and 2pm Friday 6th May to find out more about the right place for household problem wastes, complete a short survey for a chance to win a rechargeable battery pack, and chat with our friendly team.  


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