AS BEGA residents prepare for the Easter holiday, the National Packaging Covenant Industry Association (NPCIA) is urging locals not to let their good recycling habits slip and to do the right thing by recycling right this Easter.
With many Bega residents on the road and having picnics over the holidays, the NPCIA is making a plea to locals to keep Australia’s roadsides beautiful this Easter.
Stan Moore, CEO of the NPCIA, said while recycling had become a way of life for most Australians, the latest findings from the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index found that Australians dump 49 litter items on beaches per 1000sqm, and 25 litter items per 1000sqm in recreational parks.
“While research shows Australians want to do the right thing when it comes to recycling and reducing litter, public spaces like parks and beaches, where friends and families meet for picnics and barbecues, can become more littered during holiday periods,” Mr Moore said.
“Bega residents should think about taking a container or bag along with them if they’re planning to go somewhere there may not be an appropriate bin available.
“This will allow them to take their rubbish and recycling home to dispose of correctly.
“Doing the right thing and remembering to place our rubbish in the right bin, whether we’re at home or out and about, helps recycling and reduces littering.
“In turn, this reduces the amount of packaging going to landfill, and keeps our recreation spaces free of litter.”
Mr Moore said if Bega residents wanted to dob in a litterer or report a litter hot-spot over the Easter break, they should visit www.dotherightthing.com.au.
Recycling tips for Easter:
Easter egg foil is recyclable - Some wrappers, however, can be too light to recycle on their own, so collect your wrappers and make them into a ball to place into your kerbside bin.
Eggshells and compost – Make sure you throw waste like egg shells in your garden, instead of the rubbish. Crushed eggshells break down more quickly and will provide nutrients for the garden and help reduce your water usage. Avoid composting eggs that have been decorated with paints, stickers or glitter.
Make recycling easy – If you are hosting guests over the long weekend, strategically place cardboard boxes around your home or backyard for guests to dispose of their empty drink containers.
Flatten Easter egg boxes – Help to ensure recyclable items aren’t placed in the wrong bin due to an overflowing recycling bin.