Bottles and cans get recycling treatment

A $10,000 grant to boost recycling rates at the Tamworth regional sports complex aims to cut down on the numbers of drink containers going to the tip rather than into the bin.

The grant from Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) was announced yesterday and will be used by Tamworth Regional Council to increase public place recycling at the hockey and athletics ovals at the complex. 

Tamworth is one of 78 communities awarded a grant this year under the KAB’s Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling, funded by Coca-Cola and now in its third year.

Only 23 grants were awarded last year, but, according to KAB, this year has seen a major injection of additional funds to help local communities implement initiatives to increase beverage-container recycling. The grants were awarded to those who could best demonstrate they would result in a measurable diversion of beverage containers out of landfill, through increased recycling in local communities with a particular focus on out-and-about areas. Tamworth Regional Council waste education officer Angela Dodson said the grant would allow the installation of about 10 recycling stations at the athletics fields and the hockey grounds and hopefully encourage users of the facilities to use those stations.

“This means, rather than disposing of empty containers, they can be put in recycling bins,” she said.

She said the council would use the project as a pilot to look at introducing the same recycling system at other sports venues.

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