Trucks to drive rubbish away from landfills

Shellharbour City Mayor Marianne Saliba and Remondis representatives Christopher Wade and Luke Agata at Little Park Shellharbour during the launch of the new waste education campaign, based on five years of bin audits to reveal recycling habits. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Shellharbour City Mayor Marianne Saliba and Remondis representatives Christopher Wade and Luke Agata at Little Park Shellharbour during the launch of the new waste education campaign, based on five years of bin audits to reveal recycling habits. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Five garbage trucks will be used to spread educational messages when Shellharbour City Council's new waste contract kicks in on July 1.

Last October, Shellharbour council entered into a seven-year contract with Remondis Australia, worth $2.6 million annually, for the collection of all waste.

The signage on each truck has been developed in response to the waste patterns of Shellharbour residents which had been identified through more than 12,000 bin audits conducted over the past five years.

"This signage will complement the work council does to encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill," Mayor Marianne Saliba said.

"If everyone takes responsibility for correctly disposing of waste produced at their home, we can eliminate a lot of unnecessary waste that goes to landfill."

The educational message spans 4.2 metres by 1.7 metres with the predominant colour the same as the bin lid the vehicle collects.

Signage for the future provision of a food waste collection has also been created for a service likely to begin in 2015.

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