Pilot Program to Assist Recycling in Hobart

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MEDIA RELEASE
14 June 2013
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158
Email peter@kab.org.au

 

TAS NBN Peter McLean (KAB National CEO), Chris Jefferies (Packaging Stewardship Forum, GM), Damon Thomas (Lord Mayor Hobart), and Rob Simmons (KAB Tasmania).

The Hobart City Council will install new waste bins and recycling bins in Salamanca Square and throughout the major sporting venues on the Domain with financial support provided by a national pilot program being run in Tasmania by Keep Australia Beautiful (Tasmania) to increase recycling and reduce all litter.

Under the pilot, KAB Tasmania is working with community groups to identify and clean up litter hot spots and with local government and private property owners to install new recycling bins in shopping areas, hotels, sporting facilities and entertainment venues.

Keep Australia Beautiful National CEO Peter McLean said he was very pleased that the state’s capital city council was participating in the program.

“It sends a very strong message to other Tasmanian local government organisations, property owners and community groups about this important work to reduce all litter and increase recycling,” he said.

“The broader Hobart community should also be pleased that the council has chosen to recycle waste rather than sending it to landfill.”

KAB Tasmania Chairman, Mr Ken Stewart said that KAB had developed strong relationships with various and diverse stakeholders over many years of operations in the state.

“Through the pilot program we are confident KAB will not only deliver a successful outcome for the state but a model to be applied in other state jurisdictions,” he said.

Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas said the bins in Salamanca were quite old and in need of replacement and that the provision of recycling facilities at the major sporting venues on the Domain was consistent with the Council’s and community’s view of sustainable communities.

“Council is committed to upgrading many of its public litter bin assets to provide effective waste and recycling capabilities , focusing on high-profile and high-traffic areas in the first instance,” he said.

“The new bins are bigger, so will require less collection, and are more aesthetically pleasing which is obviously appropriate for a high-profile part of the city like Salamanca Square.

“The increase in capacity will also reduce the instances of litter in the area due to full bins.

“This is particularly important during the warmer months of the year when the area is visited by more people.”

The pilot program is part of the National Bin Network’s (NBN) $100 million, five-year industry funded plan to increase recycling and reduce litter nationally.

The NBN is fully funded by industry and will address all litter and packaging recycling, not just beverage containers.

KAB Tasmania has already allocated more than $50,000 worth of funds and materials statewide for worthwhile projects under the NBN pilot program.

This pilot is supported by interim funding through the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum.

ENDS

For further information contact:

Peter McLean Tel: 0416 227 158

Released by: Nicolas Turner, Keep Australia Beautiful Tasmania
Tel: 6210 5206 or 0418 538 865

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