Public Place Recycling….Is it working?

The new public place recycling and waste systems which were installed in 2013 throughout North East of Victoria have recently been audited.  While it is predicted the new systems will divert around 62 additional tonnes of recyclables from landfill each year, the audits will provide much needed data to determine what is exactly occurring with the public place systems.

The North East Waste and Recovery Group (NEWRRG, formally known as NevRwaste) secured grant funding through Sustainability Victoria in 2014 to assist the group to undertake a regional audit of the public place systems.

The public place systems currently provide the 2.8 million visitors to the region as well as over 116,000 residents the opportunity to ‘Do the right thing, use the right bin’ when they are away from home so it is imperative to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the infrastructure.

The audit team from EC Sustainable undertake the sorting and weighing of public place recycling and waste bins in Wangaratta.

The audit team from EC Sustainable undertake the sorting and weighing of public place recycling and waste bins in Wangaratta.

The North East Waste and Recovery Group along with their partners in local Councils and Alpine Resorts believe that the robust data will verify usage patterns as well as determine the effectiveness of the systems.  Knowing what is occurring with the systems will help inform any adjustments needed for the systems and any gaps in education and communications to assist in dealing with the challenges of recovering resources in public places.

The majority of the PPR infrastructure installed are in high use areas such as: recreation reserves, parks, sporting grounds, turf clubs and streetscape areas.

This audit will continue to inform and support resource recovery and litter reduction.  The results and final report will be finalised by June this year.