Doing the right thing just got easier, new away from home recycling bins for North East Victoria

APCThe North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (NEWRRG) was recently awarded $75,000 of funding from the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) for the roll out of new public place recycling bin systems in North East Victoria.

Approximately 50 new waste and recycling bin dual enclosures for council streetscapes and 20 special snow line waste and recycling bin stations for alpine resort areas will be installed by September 2016. Overall the project will deliver over 120 new individual recycling and waste bins installed across the region to help increase recycling rates and reducing litter in public areas.

The APC is committed to projects which address the recovery and recycling of used packaging materials resulting in reduced waste and litter.

“Thanks to the ongoing partnership between NEWRRG, local government and alpine resorts, the funding through the APC was able to be leveraged, therefore doubling the original project funds.  These new bin systems will make it just as easy to recycle away from home, as it is at home”, said NEWRRG’s Executive Officer, Kath Gosden.

The new bins will collect and recycle similar materials that can be recycled through council kerbside systems.

Part of the funding provided through the APC will go towards new waste and recycling signs for all new bins and existing infrastructure with the call to action to: ‘Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin’.

Local councils involved in the project include: Alpine Shire, Benalla Rural City, City of Wodonga, Indigo Shire Council and the Rural City of Wangaratta. Alpine Resorts involved in the project include: Falls Creek Resort Management, Mt Buller/Mt Stirling Resort Management, and Mt Hotham Resort Management.

“There is a constant need to reinforce the recycling message especially when people are away from home”, Kim Mueller, NEWRRG’s Project Manager said, “the best way to do this is to provide infrastructure that is accessible and easily understood by all residents and visitors, which is why projects such as this are so important to the Region”.