Muswellbrook residents may have noticed some colourful characters appearing on their wheelie bins.
They are the “Waste Wranglers” introduced as part of Muswellbrook Shire Council’s waste education program.
Max the Minimiser, Reece the Recycler and Gene the Gardener are delivering important messages a reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
All recyclable material collected from households in Muswellbrook is taken to the Material Recovery Facility at Gateshead. Here, the recyclables are sorted and separated and then sold to a variety of markets.
The State Government imposes a waste levy on Council, so any material put into landfill attracts a cost and avoiding landfill is a high priority.
There are also many other benefits of recycling. Putting recyclable material into landfill also means using more raw materials which wastes a lot of natural resources such as energy and water.
“The Council puts a lot of effort into recycling because it makes economic and environmental sense. We want to give honest feedback to the community that recycling is important and help them make the right choices” Mick Brady, council’s sustainability officer for waste, said.
Council will continue to use the Waste Wranglers as part of their ongoing War on Waste education program.