New waste and recycling bin dual enclosures have been installed in key public areas within Benalla Rural City, improving recycle rates and reducing unnecessary waste to the Benalla Landfill.
The recycling bins have been erected next to Benalla’s Ceramic Mural, adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre in Mair St and in the Benalla McDonald’s car park area at the corner of Smythe and Bridge Sts.
‘‘The newly installed public place and recycling systems will help reduce litter in public areas,’’ Benalla Rural City Mayor Don Firth said.
‘‘These new bin systems will make it just as easy to recycle away from home, by providing infrastructure that is accessible and easily understood by all residents and visitors.
‘‘They will divert approximately 25 additional tonnes of recyclables from landfill each year.
‘‘I am pleased to report that 77per cent of recyclable materials deposited in public place bins are currently being diverted from landfill through the new public place systems.’’
The project was partially funded from the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) and the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (North East WRRG), councils and alpine resorts.
Local councils involved in the public place recycling project include: Alpine Shire, City of Wodonga, Indigo Shire Council and the Rural City of Wangaratta.
Alpine Resorts involved in the project include: Falls Creek Resort Management, Mt Buller/Mt Stirling Resort Management and Mt Hotham Resort Management.