REGIONAL Victorians’ recycling efforts are keeping so much greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere it’s the equivalent of what is produced by powering major centres for days.
Recycling material instead of sending it to landfill creates much lower volumes of greenhouse gases.
Shepparton locals saved enough to run every house for eight days, while Ballarat’s kerbside recycling reduced so much greenhouse gas it could have powered residences for 10 days.
Sustainability Victoria interim CEO, Carl Muller said, “Recycling reduces the impact of climate change because recovered resources can go into new products and reduce the creation of greenhouses gases like methane.
“It also helps us to get the maximum value from the things we use. Dumping rubbish in a landfill costs us all money, but recycling is less expensive and creates local jobs.”
Figures released by Sustainability Victoria to mark National Recycling Week (November 13 to 20) show that Victorian homes generated 12.67 million tonnes of waste in 2015/16. Of this, 8.49 million tonnes was diverted for recycling.
Mr Muller said Victorians were among Australia’s best recyclers, recycling 67 percent of household waste, but there was room to do more.
“Councils are working hard to increase recycling rates by expanding what they’ll take. People are often surprised to find out what they can put in their kerbside recycling bins,” Mr Muller said.
“We’re making it easier for councils to expand these services and educate their communities through funding, training and advice.
“Councils are increasingly expanding their services and a growing number are taking food and garden waste together so it can be used to make compost.
“There’s also the potential for councils and businesses to use organic waste to create energy,” Mr Muller said.