Barbara Nicholls, Goonengerry
Byron Council in conjunction with several other councils has taken a huge step backwards in the way recycling is done. It is an excellent idea to have a regional approach to recycling. Why then have the councils opted for restricted recycling as opposed to handling the Dirty Dozen? In the face of other countries not accepting our refuse this is Australians’ time to be innovative.
In April of last year Josh Frydenberg, the minister for Energy and Environment, told the Australian people that by the year 2025 or earlier all packaging in Australia will be recyclable or reusable.
As a community we need to spend our dollars wisely and send a message to the businesses that we frequent that we no longer wish to see items on shelves packaged in material that is not recyclable. Unfortunately for us that has become near to impossible now. Recycling is never going to be simple here given the volume of packaging that has just become only good enough for our red bins. What has happened to the processing plants that were accepting our Dirty Dozen items? All those items that are smaller than a credit card that were able to be recycled are now thrown away.
What is Byron Council going to do to make a positive change for our region, our country, and the world?