We’re counting down the top 3 items incorrectly placed in our kerbside recycling bins, making sure that we are doing all we can to eliminate contamination from our precious recyclable material. Last month we focused on number 3, disposable coffee cups and how they definitely do not belong in our yellow top wheelie bins.
Here’s our 2nd highest incorrectly placed item:
Household Food Scraps
Many of us have now switched over to home compost options, or very popular worm farm kits to great benefit for our gardens in FNQ. But food scraps have a way of still appearing in unsorted recyclable material dropped off at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) each day. Of course, food scraps are not recyclable, but it is recoverable and can be put to good use either in home composting, or via the green lid/red lid waste bins in our weekly Council collections.
Did you know that food scraps placed in our waste bins are processed through the Suez Advanced Resource Recovery Facility in Portsmith where the waste is aerobically composted and the organic portion diverted from landfill? The composted materials can be used for sugar cane crops or other beneficial broad acre applications.
Let’s all make sure to keep organic material of all kinds out of recycling and help the ‘MRF’ staff keep our recyclable material clean.
Next issue we tackle the number 1 item on our list.
Stay well and remember, There’s no place like our place, let’s keep it that way.
Scott Paterson | Water and Waste - Marketing and Communications OfficerBusiness Development & Compliance | Cairns Regional Council