Sort your load and save project

Councils in North East Victoria are encouraging all residents to sort their loads before they go to resource recovery centres and transfer stations.

According to Kim Mueller, project manager from the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group, residents can save their money by making a few small changes to how they pack their load.  She says, “most resource recovery centres and transfer stations have different charges for different materials, so if an item can be recycled, repurposed or reprocessed it is cheaper to dispose of, and some materials are accepted for free.”

If a load is not sorted, it can be difficult to see what types of materials are in the load. This means in some cases, the attendant can only charge the highest rate. This is why sorting your load before you leave home is so important.

Ms Mueller notes that it’s not only money that can be saved by pre-sorting loads. She says time can also be saved because facilities are often arranged to make resource recovery and recycling easy, so that the council can separate recyclable from non-recyclable.

Sorting can be as simple as putting all of the household recyclables together, flattening any large cardboard boxes, putting bricks and rubble together, and separating timber, metals, electronic waste and green waste.

By doing all of this, Ms Mueller says “residents can help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill which ultimately helps our environment.”


To view the demonstrative time-lapse video CLICK HERE