Shellharbour City Council has been awarded a grant to help kick-start public place recycling across the region.
The council has been awarded the $8,500 Keep Australia Beautiful grant for the Recycle or Refill project that aims to reduce the amount of recyclable beverage containers entering the waste stream from Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra.
The project involves the installation of public place recycling bins and a drinking fountain at the reserve.
‘‘The installation of these facilities will not only reduce waste to landfill, but will reduce stormwater pollution and increase the visual amenity of this area which is of high recreational use, Mayor Marianne Saliba said yesterday.
A total of 15 new recycling stations have been installed at the reserve to provide residents and visitors with plenty of opportunities to recycle.
‘‘It is the role of this council to reduce our negative environmental impact and introduce innovative ways to encourage recycling habits of our residents,’’ Cr Saliba said.
‘‘We are finding ways to reduce our waste that goes to landfill to help reduce our expenses under the state government’s waste levy and the federal carbon tax scheme.
Everything that goes to landfill costs us money, so by recycling more we can all reduce these expenses,’’ she said.
‘‘The stations are marked with stickers so that no one will be confused about what can and can not be recycled.’’