Brisbane recycles more and reduces food waste

Brisbane residents are helping keep the city clean, green and sustainable, with more residents recycling and less food waste being sent to landfill, as revealed in the latest survey of household rubbish.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that after 25 years of Council’s waste and recycling centre operations, Brisbane residents were embracing sustainability in their homes and reducing landfill.

“Since opening in 1993, our waste and recycling centres have been instrumental in diverting cardboard and paper, household furniture items, glass, metals and green waste from landfill and allowing it to be recycled,” Cr Quirk said.

“Over 25 years, our waste and recycling centres have managed more than 14 million tonnes of waste, with 20 million people visiting the centres since they opened.

“Of this, 1.4 million tonnes of all goods have been reused or recycled, with the percentage of materials recycled growing all the time and volumes being sent to landfill declining.

“Last year alone Council processed more than 90,000 tonnes of recyclable items taken from kerbside recycling and our recycling centres.”

Brisbane City Council is the largest carbon-neutral organisation in Australia and has four waste and recovery centres at Chandler, Willawong, Nudgee and Ferny Grove, which are all equipped with free recycling for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes, green waste tipping and general waste disposal.

Cr Quirk said that Brisbane’s sustainability education programs were helping reduce the number of items going to landfill, which could otherwise be recycled, and contributed to its acknowledgement as Australia’s Most Sustainable City.

“Households are recycling more and more, with the number of plastics, cardboard, metals and glass going into yellow-top recycling bins continuing to grow,” he said.

“In the past five years, we’ve reduced the percentage of recyclables going into red-top bins by one-third, from 25 per cent in 2013 to just 17 per cent.

“Residents are also throwing away less food, with the amount of food scraps in household bins decreasing from 36 per cent in 2016, to just 24 per cent this year.

“The most common household food waste is bread, fruits including bananas, oranges and apples, as well as vegetables including pumpkin, onions, lettuce and broccoli.

“Everyone can play their part in keeping Brisbane clean, green and sustainable by dropping their larger recyclables off at Council’s four waste and recycling centres, and by using the yellow-top recycling bins.”

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