I write in reference to Mandy’s Soap Box ‘Radical Rubbish Reforms for the Byron Shire’ published earlier this month.
Mr Pleasant (aka Mr Fiction) has got his wires crossed on the who’s who of recycling and has been relieved from his duties as waste reduction guru at the Byron Shire Council.
You may be relieved to know that Council will no longer be organising the high-vis vest and rubber glove guys to summons you out of bed in the middle of the night if you have contaminated your recycling bin.
But we do think it’s timely to set things straight with a slightly less radical approach while still embracing Mr Pleasant’s enthusiasm and passion for recycling and all things waste.
Council does agree with Mr Pleasant that when it comes to recycling, the general public has good intentions and want to get it right.
And as Mr Pleasant said, it’s sometimes just a case of people being a bit embarrassed and reluctant to put their hand up and admit they aren’t sure what goes where. That is where Council fits in!
We are here to help make it simple and easy! There is a Recycling Guide on Council’s website which will help you to become a good sort. You will also find detailed information on what to put in each bin http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/
Council has also sent Mandy a few recycling tips to share with readers and we are confident that with a little more education, we can all contribute to helping our environment and see our waste with new eyes, as a resource, something valuable and part of the cycle of life.
Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson