Recycling initiatives play a big role in keeping Brisbane beautiful, writes Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
Last year Brisbane was crowned Australia’s most sustainable city at the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards, which shows just how much our city is achieving with a range of green initiatives, both within Council and the broader community.
Last month I opened a new drive-thru recycling centre at the Chandler waste transfer station, which is one of four new dedicated recycling resource centres across Brisbane.
This purpose-built facility in Chandler is the second to open and is part of Council’s $8 million commitment to build four Resource Recovery Centres at Council’s existing transfer stations at Willawong, Ferny Grove, Nudgee and at Chandler.
This is about encouraging everyone to think about how they can make our city a cleaner, greener place to live and how they can recycle more materials rather than put them into landfill.
These centres allow residents to recycle more of their waste, free of charge, before dropping non-recoverable items off for landfill.
All recyclables and recoverable items can be dropped off at these drive-thru recycling centres, including metals, white goods, plastics, gas bottles, batteries, mobile phones and electronics.
With their purpose-built designs, the centres are making recycling much easier and faster by reducing queues, removing recycling costs and reducing processing times.
A similar centre has been open at Willawong since 2013 and is improving recycling rates significantly for Brisbane.
More than 4000 residents are visiting the Willawong centre every month, with 300 tonnes of recycling being diverted from landfill each month.
Additionally, Council’s tip shops provide second-hand household goods at a reduced cost and have diverted some 900 tonnes of materials from landfill since they first opened in 2010.
The Tip Shops are owned by Council and operated by Endeavour Foundation, located at 46 Colebard Street West, Acacia Ridge and at 27A Prosperity Terrace, Geebung. These are open on weekends for visitors and well worth the visit.
We want recycling to be a quick and easy task and to encourage even more residents to take advantage – while at the same time, benefitting our environment!
Residents can also download the free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app onto their iOS or Android devices for information about Council’s waste and resource recovery facilities and how they can play their part in recycling for a more sustainable Brisbane.
For more information on recycling, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.