Byron Community Embracing change at Australia Day Events

Byron Council have taken a step in the right direction by partnering with SORT recycling to assist with Waste Management at recent Australia Day events. By encouraging community members to change behaviours at six local events, SORT is thrilled to report 77% of waste generated was successfully diverted from landfill.

So how was this achieved?

Each station comprised of a yellow lid recycling bin, a red lid landfill bin and a green lid organic bin. Bin monitors happily assisted attendees to use the right bin in the absence of bin tops and overhead signage and answer questions relating to resource disposal. A3 stickers were displayed on each bin, illustrating items suitable for each stream. Despite rainy weather and low numbers of attendees, the resource team were able to provide friendly advice and received valuable feedback.

General Feedback from the Community

Bin monitors reported back that attendees welcomed the three bin system and were keen to ask questions especially in regards to ‘hard to sort’ items such as; tetra-paks, coffee cups and straws. Community members also provided constructive feedback about what council could implement in the future including permanent public green bins.

We’re all in this together

Although small scale events, SORT recycling in partnership with Byron council and the support of the local community have clearly demonstrated that we can make a difference. This is certainly a step in the right direction towards a greener future.