Recycling has been a hot topic in the news lately, after China made significant changes to laws around importing recyclable materials.
And a big contributor to this has been contaminated recycling. To help combat this and make sure the right items go into recycle bins, Council is encouraging residents to download the Loddon Mallee Waste Info App.
Developed by the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group (LMWRRG), this fantastic app acts as a personalised collection calendar and includes an A-Z list of materials with information on which bin to put them in.
As an added incentive, Council is running a competition offering residents who download the app the chance to win a free kerbside green waste service for a year, or the equivalent discount off their garbage rate charge, as well as a hamper from LMWRRG.
Council’s Director Infrastructure Svetla Petkova said the app was developed to help residents make quick and simple waste and recycling decisions, with the aim to reduce contamination and increase recycling levels.
“But the app has a number of other helpful features,” Ms Petkova said.
“You can personalise your own collection calendar and set reminders to put your bins out, check landfill and transfer station opening hours, report a damaged or stolen bin and receive notifications of any changes to kerbside collection services.
“But most importantly you can check which items can be recycled and which should go in to your waste bin.”
Ms Petkova added that Swan Hill and Robinvale residents had always been great recyclers, but there were still some households unsure about what can be recycled through Council’s residential kerbside recycling bins.
“By putting the wrong item in, your bin could contaminate a whole truck load of recyclable waste. But by making a few simple changes, we can stop the contamination of our recycling.”
Free to both Apple and Android user, residents can download the app by searching for Loddon Mallee – it is the first app that comes up.
HOW TO ENTER
To enter the competition, download the app, enter your address, and send a screenshot (example picture below) to email@example.com, along with your name and contact phone number.
The competition is open until 30 March 2018. The winners will be announced on 3 April 2018.
For more information on the app, or how to recycling right, visit the LMWRRG website here or contact Council on 5036 2401.