Council promotes clever recycling through video
A CATCHY video designed to encourage residents to become better recyclers was launched by Ipswich City Council yesterday.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said the video featured the voices of members of the Ipswich Cambrian Junior Choir reminding people about the different types of materials which could be placed in the yellow-lidded recycling bins.
The video also features Karalee youngster Darcy de Kleyn and Pastor Faaua Lologa demonstrating the way in which the community should be recycling.
Cr Cheryl Bromage said council wanted to ensure that there was a marked improvement in the amount of materials collected across the city for recycling.
"The material that is collected in the fortnightly recycling service is audited on a quarterly basis," she said.
"Unfortunately the last audit indicated a contamination level of over 24%.
"This means that about a quarter of the material that Ipswich residents placed in their yellow-lidded bins ended up being disposed of in landfills.
"Council pays a penalty to the Materials Recovery Facility based on the contamination of the collected material.
"The higher the contamination level the more it costs council to provide the recycling service to residents."
Cr Bromage said a number of areas of Ipswich were being targeted in the pilot campaign with different strategies.