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Recycling bins to be trialed at Thirroul and Stanwell Park beaches

The recycling bins at Stanwell Park beach

RECYCLING bins will be making their debut this weekend in Stanwell Park and Thirroul foreshore areas as part of a new trial program by Wollongong City Council.

The introduction of the yellow-lidded recycling bins to the popular spaces is part of Council’s strategy to improve foreshore areas and to get a better understanding of community behaviour and usage of these bins.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council will be using the information from these sites to place recycling bins at another 13 parks and foreshore areas over coming weeks.

“We know that our community values their environment and they have told us that they want to be able to dispose of their waste responsibly when out in public spaces like they can at home.

“Recycling programs in public spaces along our foreshore, parks and on-the-go settings face unique challenges as they rely on people doing the right thing to avoid contamination when they’re out of their usual household setting.

“To make this work, we need everyone to do the right thing when using the new recycling bins in Stanwell Park and Thirroul. That means only placing material that is recyclable in the recycling bin.

“We’ll be monitoring these bins to get a better idea of how our community responds at two of our seventeen beaches across the region. This is especially important as these public spaces are known to be busy summer destinations for our residents as well as those travelling from outside the area.”

Cr Bradbery said Council is asking community members visiting these beaches to remember the four Rs on waste minimisation: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

“The best ways to reduce rubbish in our environment is to rethink before you buy. In practical terms that means being more mindful about our purchases and reusing what we own,” he said.

“Over the summer, we often see people leave behind perfectly good beach chairs, towels, umbrellas and even more expensive items such as surfboards and tents. That’s such a waste and these items have no place in our public bins or being dumped on our beaches and parks.

“Please bin your waste responsibly, and that means using the right bin if you visit Stanwell Park or Thirroul foreshore. If your rubbish doesn’t fit in a bin, take it home with you and leave our public spaces neat and tidy for the next person to enjoy.”

Beaches and parks are set to get busier as the weather warms and Council advises it’s important to plan ahead and perhaps visit a less popular beach or park if your usual area is busier than expected.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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