Scrap Shacks to celebrate National Recycling Week

Published on 08 November 2019

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Murrindindi Shire Council is celebrating National Recycling Week (11 – 17 November) by ‘scrapping’ the price tag on all the stock in the Alexandra and Yea Scrap Shacks. 

Yep, you read that right.

If you visit the Alexandra or Yea Resource Recovery Centres during National Recycling Week, you could drop off all your unwanted green waste, fluorescent lightbulbs, cardboard, scrap metal and car batteries at no charge, then fill up your boot with treasures recovered from our landfill.

Murrindindi Shire Council Infrastructure and Waste Portfolio Councillor, Eric Lording said National Recycling Week is a great opportunity to talk about why recycling really matters and how we can improve it.

“Last year, we carried out an audit on kerbside recycled waste to find out how ‘contaminated’ our recycling is – that is, how much non-recyclable stuff is in there. Turns out, 7.68 percent of the recycled waste we’re putting in our kerbside bins isn’t actually recyclable. That’s a real worry,” Cr Lording said.

“We know our community does its best to put things in the right bins, but it can be a bit confusing. So, taking some time this National Recycling Week to find out what you can and can’t recycle might be half an hour well spent. Check out our waste pages or visit PlanetArk and Sustainability Victoria’s websites for some great info and tips about recycling.

“Council also understands that many people are feeling worried about the future of recycled waste services in Murrindindi Shire in light of recent disruptions to the recyclables industry. While our recycling collection services have not being directly impacted so far, now more than ever, it is important that we take care to recycle only those things that can be recycled and reduce any contamination caused by other materials.

“Why not trot down to your local Resource Recovery Centre for a chat with one of Council’s team members about all the extra recycling programs we offer – electronic waste (e-waste) is my current favourite! – and have a rummage in the Scrap Shack while you’re there,” Cr Lording said.