Contamination rates reach all time low

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EXCELLENT RESULTS… From left, Western Composting staff members, Greg Miller and Tim Piastri on site at the recycling and composting plant in Shepparton, which has seen a record low rate of contamination for October. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
EXCELLENT RESULTS… From left, Western Composting staff members, Greg Miller and Tim Piastri on site at the recycling and composting plant in Shepparton, which has seen a record low rate of contamination for October. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
EXCELLENT RESULTS… From left, Western Composting staff members, Greg Miller and Tim Piastri on site at the recycling and composting plant in Shepparton, which has seen a record low rate of contamination for October. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
EXCELLENT RESULTS… From left, Western Composting staff members, Greg Miller and Tim Piastri on site at the recycling and composting plant in Shepparton, which has seen a record low rate of contamination for October. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

GREATER Shepparton residents have achieved excellent results in sorting their waste during October with a green lid bin rate contamination of 1.1 percent making it the lowest rate recorded to date.

Bin contamination of the green lid bin has been an ongoing problem not only in the Greater Shepparton region but around the nation.

Greater Shepparton City Council Manager Works and Waste, Maree Walker said contaminating the green lid bin with non-organic items profoundly impacted the composting process.

“With such great results in October we would like to say thank you to the residents of Greater Shepparton for achieving excellent results in sorting their waste over the past months,” Ms Walker said.

“This is an outstanding improvement given contamination rates were as high as 12 percent when the green lid bin was introduced in 2015.

“Putting organic waste in the green lid bin protects the environment by diverting waste from the landfill. It also improves the effectiveness of processing and ensures our waste services are sustainable and cost effective,” Ms Walker said.