MidCoast is doing an amazing job at recycling, with the 2017 kerbside waste audit finding just over 15% contamination in yellow bins.
However, almost 10% of red bins still include recyclable items, which is a massive loss of resources – over 1,400 tonnes annually. This may not seem much but it is equates to 370 truckloads going to landfill each year.
To assist in reducing this loss of resources, MidCoast Waste Services education officer will be selecting 100 houses each month to survey.
All presented bins will be inspected by a simple lift of the lid to check its contents, staff will not be rummaging through the rubbish or emptying the contents for auditing.
If your bins are inspected, a calling card will be left in your mailbox confirming we’ve been.
Common waste products found incorrectly placed in the yellow bin are coffee cups, nappies, ropes, hoses, leads, and timber, clothing and machinery items.
Some can be recycled at your community recycling centre, but they are unsuitable for our machinery.
And please don’t bag your recyclables.
And you may be surprised to know items such as empty aerosol cans, and long life milk containers, and poppers (liquid paperboard), but are welcome in the yellow bin.
Find a complete listing of What Goes Where online at www.midcoastwaste.com.au
To find out more about bin inspections or other upcoming events, go to www.midcoastwaste.com.au or call 1300 290 763.