Living legend Maude Boate never wears anything recycled. But she’s more than happy to promote the practice. Backing her up are Tropical Fruits event coordinator Shane Duniam, Lismore City Council waste operations coordinator Kevin Trustum, Tropical Fruits chairwoman Ali Corfield, Coca-Cola Amatil district sales manager Shane Kavanagh and Lismore Shopping Square operations manager Tom Leahy.
Lismore City Council and Tropical Fruits Inc have each been awarded a Keep Australia Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling Grant.
Lismore City Council was provided with an $8500 grant to install public-place recycling bins at Lismore Shopping Square to assist in collecting recyclables packaging that is otherwise ending up in landfill.
Following the success of a recycling trial over the past 12 months, there are now plans to install up to 25 new dual bins (waste and recycling) across the centre. This will result in keeping around 58 tonnes of recyclables out of landfill each year.
Meanwhile, an $8360 grant has also been provided to Tropical Fruits Inc for their ‘YOU CAN’ project, which aims to move Tropical Fruits and its annual New Year’s Eve festival towards a greener, wastewise and more sustainable future. YOU CAN establishes a cohesive strategy for managing the waste generated by this 5000-person dance party, improving the current system to better the environmental credentials of Tropical Fruits for the future.
According to Peter McLean, Keep Australia Beautiful national executive officer, ‘These grants are a great way to enable more local communities around the country to play an active role in increasing the recovery and recycling of beverage containers in their local area, help keep them out of landfill and ensure that valuable resources are recycled and reused’.
The Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants Program has distributed $800,000 through the Keep Australia Beautiful Network to over 125 community groups, councils, schools and other organisations Australiawide.
The grants are funded by Coca-Cola.