Free cardboard recycling drop-off at Helensburgh and Corrimal

AT this time of year, it’s not unusual to find your yellow-lidded recycling bin filled to the brim with lots of extra cardboard thanks to the generosity of loved ones and time spent unwrapping presents from under the Christmas tree.

Wollongong City Council will host cardboard recycling drop-offs at Helensburgh and Corrimal after Christmas to help get rid of extra recyclable waste.

There will be a drop-off at Rex Jackson Park, Helensburgh from 7.30am to midday on Thursday, December 29 and Ziems Park, Corrimal on Friday, December 30 from 7.30am to midday. The drop-offs will only accept household quantities of cardboard only.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that the message was for people to reduce and recycle as much as possible.

“There are so many ways we can reduce the amount of cardboard waste during Christmas. Instead of using wrapping paper, why not use reusable wrapping material such as cloth or old newspapers to reduce the amount of paper going to waste,” Cr Bradbery said.

“If you end up with too much recycling than will fit in your yellow-lidded recycling bins, I urge you to use our cardboard drop-off service.

“You can also drop-off extra cardboard and other recyclables at our Community Recycling Centre at Whytes Gully. It’s open every day of the year except Christmas Day. Any other problem recyclables such as electronic waste, white goods, scrap metal or gas bottles can also be dropped off there as well.

“Another solution is to stagger your recycling rubbish and store what doesn’t fit into your yellow bin in your garage or home until the next pick-up.

“If you have lots of Styrofoam and soft plastics after Christmas, make sure you place it in your red-lidded general waste bin. This includes waste such as bubble wrap, plastic bags, and Polystyrene Foam.”

The Community Recycling Centre is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. For more information on what can and can’t be dropped off, visit Council’s webpage.

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About Mick Roberts

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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