Park Ridge tiny tots go big on recycling

Park Ridge tiny tots go big on recycling

Park Ridge Childcare and Preschool children were treated to a hands-on recycling and waste education experience during National Recycling Week on November 11.

Cleanaway Waste Management education officer Lauren Grimshaw taught the children about recyclable vs non-recyclable materials, sorting waste, and safety around trucks.

“For National Recycling Week we got a truck out here to educate the kindy kids all about recycling and waste,” Miss Grimshaw said.

“Each week we go to a number of different schools.

“We give landfill tours, we do community presentations, and we have a compost rebate program as well.”

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Photo by Jamie Furness, Park Ridge News.

The children were given their own high-visibility vests to wear and take home, so they could be safe outside with their parents when waving at Cleanaway drivers.

They were taught to cover their ears when Cleanaway truck driver, Clinton Livingstone, sounded the horn on the truck.

Deputy Mayor Jon Raven and Division 8 Councillor Jacob Heremaia also attended the session and helped the children sort different materials into the correct bins.

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Photo by Jamie Furness, Park Ridge News.

Council’s recycling education and awareness visit was part of National Recycling Week, which continues through to Sunday, November 14.

Councillor Raven praised City of Logan residents for embracing recycling but urged there was more work to be done.

“Reducing the amount of rubbish that gets buried as landfill is everyone’s job,” Cr Raven said.

“Our recycling and green waste bins are helping to do that and we will continue to work with residents to explore new ways to reduce what goes into our landfill bins every week.”

Cr Heremaia said it was important for everyone to understand the benefits of recycling regardless of their age.

“Good recycling habits can be practised your entire life and can help the environment for generations to come,” he said.

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Cleanaway driver Clinton Livingstone. Photo by Jamie Furness, Park Ridge News.

There are now nearly 120,000 premises across the City of Logan with yellow-lid recycling bins.

In 2020-21, this resulted in a record 13,225 tonnes of recyclable material being diverted from landfill.

There are now 11,513 green waste bins being collected each fortnight across the city, which has resulted in nearly 1100 tonnes of green waste being turned into compost since the service was launched on July 1.

Requests continue to come in for Council’s new green waste bins, with 543 applications received in October.

City of Logan residents also appear to be gaining a better understanding of good recycling practices.

The latest contamination rate (28.3 percent) – which represents items put in yellow-lid bins that are not recyclable – was the lowest in 18 months.

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Cr Jacob Heremaia, Lauren Grimshaw, and Cr Jon Raven. Photo by Jamie Furness, Park Ridge News.

 

For more information about National Recycling Week, go to Planet Ark Recycling Near You.

For more information about Council’s recycling program go to Recycling – Logan City Council.