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Ballina Shire Council resource recovery team. Photo supplied.

This National Recycling Week, Ballina Shire Council is launching a new community initiative, ‘Ask an Expert’.

The aim of the ‘Ask a Waste Expert’ service is to be a tailored resource recovery learning tool, supporting residents to recover resources and reduce contamination in kerbside bins.

Simple everyday actions like recycling can contribute to a better environment and National Recycling Week (7-13 November) is a great opportunity to think how we can keep improving.

Now in its 27th year, National Recycling Week provides an opportunity for councils, workplaces, schools and individuals to improve recycling knowledge, develop better recycling habits and build greater trust in recycling.

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Reducing, reusing, and recycling waste isn’t always straightforward, particularly with new and innovative types of packaging and some questionable marketing claims.

Manager Resource Recovery, Lloyd Isaacson, says Ballina shire is tracking well above the state average, with a 68 per cent recovery rate from the shire’s kerbside recycling and organics bins.

‘We’re proud of our recycling efforts and want to continue implementing programs that further support residents now and into the future.’

Residents who’d like to ask what to do with a certain item or how to reduce or reuse waste safely can send their question via a simple form (with a photo of the item where beneficial) and a resource recovery team member will reply directly as soon as possible.

Ask a Waste Expert is accessible via the button on Ballina Shire Council’s homepage or at ballina.nsw.gov.au/recycle-right.

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  1. How about asking why Lismore recycles it’s sewage to Ballina via the Richmond River… Rather than applauding yourselves


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