Trial project engages 27 additional staff to keep parks and foreshores rubbish free over summer

IN an effort to keep beaches, parks and foreshore areas clean over the summer, Wollongong City Council have partnered with not-for-profit social enterprise – Green Connect – to trial two new projects.

The first project saw Council expand the trial of yellow-lidded recycling bins with about 150 yellow bins installed across an additional 13 parks and public spaces. Originally starting back in October 2021 with the introduction of the yellow-lidded bins to Thirroul and Stanwell Park foreshore areas, the trial aims to get a better understanding of community behaviour with recycling in public spaces.

As part of the trial, Green Connect staff have been measuring the contamination rate of yellow-lidded bins. The data is to assist in identifying community behaviour, and will guide future recycling education programs.

The second project saw 27 Green Connect staff switch uniforms and join the Council team. Over the summer, the new recruits worked in parks and foreshore areas to keep natural areas clean and tidy.

The 27 extra Council staff worked alongside Council’s foreshore crews to beef up the number of staff maintaining over the peak summer period.

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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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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