Coastal strip the region’s greenest

By BROOKE FESTA

One Sunshine Coast area is doing better than all others in recycling their green waste.

Five of the six top suburbs for using garden waste bins are in Division 3: Wurtulla, Bokarina, Aroona, Little Mountain and Currimundi.

Pelican Waters, in Division 2, was also in the top six.

The green waste bins are used to separate organic matter, such as grass clippings, pruning and leaves from general waste so that it can be reused for mulch as well as help to decrease the community’s greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from landfill.

Division 3 Councillor Peter Cox said the rest of the coast should get on board for more than just themselves.

“Waste that goes straight into landfill is our community’s biggest generator of greenhouse gas emissions,” Cr Cox said.

The Recycling and waste in Queensland 2019 report, showed nearly 2.8 million tonnes of waste from disposal was diverted, including more than 1.4 million tonnes of paper and packaging and green waste.

Combining green waste with the food waste that Australian households produce, the report showed about 50 per cent of the total garbage found in a household contains organic waste, with 47 per cent of that ending up unrecycled and in landfills.

Cr Cox said a garden waste bin was an effective way to manage garden waste and food waste, making sure it could be reused in the right way.

“Once mulched, it is available for collection from council’s resource recovery centres at no cost to our domestic customers,” Cr Cox said.

The service costs $62.10 a year.

Council figures show the bin with the lime green lid is currently being used by 35,000 homes in the Sunshine Coast region.

The Sunshine Coast Council aims to become a zero-emissions organisation by 2041.

“I encourage residents from across the Sunshine Coast to consider whether a garden waste bin might be a good addition to their household. It’s practical and sustainable,” Cr Cox said.

“Delivering a healthy environment and liveable Sunshine Coast will take commitment and determination, but I’m confident if we work together, council and the community can achieve our vision to become Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative.”

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