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Lismore residents are set to receive extra encouragement for their recycling efforts with the launch of Lismore City Council’s Do the Right Bin and Win campaign, where households that are identified as putting the correct materials into their recycling and organics bins will go into a monthly draw to win a $150 prize.

Council’s Waste Education Officer, Danielle McAtee, said the program, kicking off on Monday, October 1, aims to provide residents with an incentive to further improve their recycling efforts.

‘Although our contamination rates are comparatively low in comparison to similar council areas, there is still room for improvement, particularly when it comes to plastic bags,’ Ms McAtee said.

‘The main contaminant in both the recycling and organics bins is plastic bags, and they do present a bit of a headache when they become tangled around machinery during the recycling and composting process.

‘We are forced to assign staff to pick through the kerbside organics to remove contaminants, which is not a pleasant job, and could be eliminated if people put them into the general waste bin in the first place, or better still didn’t use plastic bags at all.’

During the campaign, bin inspectors will be checking both recycle and organics bins at randomly selected locations throughout the urban area of Lismore.

Each street that is inspected will be re-inspected at a later date to gauge whether there has been any improvement, and give residents a second chance at entering the prize draw

Every bin inspected will be tagged with a ‘Well Done’ for those that contain the correct items, or an ‘Oh No’ tag for those found to be contaminated with items that do not belong in that bin.

All households that receive a ‘Well Done’ tag will be eligible to go into a monthly prize draw to win a choice of prizes, all valued at $150.

Where bins are deemed to be contaminated and given an ‘Oh No’ tag, they will not be emptied, and households will be advised via the tag of what needs to be done to prepare their recycling or organics properly for collection.

The process of not collecting bins with contaminated waste has been underway for several years in the Lismore area; however, a more concentrated effort will be made during this campaign.

Information on what goes into each of the bins can be accessed via the Northern Rivers Waste website.

Alternatively you can request a ‘Do The Right Bin’ guide by contacting the Waste Hotline on 1300 878 387.

Caption: Lismore City Council’s waste collection team leader, Phil Manning (L), and waste and water education officer, Danielle McAtee. 

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