Source: The Mercury, Thursday, 9 November, 1995, p.3
CLARENCE residents are the top rubbish recyclers in the nation. Only four months into a 12-month trial, 78 per cent of Clarence house- holds are participating in kerbside recycling. Clarence City Council said the figure far ex- ceeded mainland levels and had surpassed coun- cil and industry expec- tations. The community partici- pation rate for kerbside recycling in Tasmania is 65 per cent. Clarence Mayor Alder- man Cathy Edwards said: "The result is fan- tastic. "It indicated more than 1000 tonnes of waste would be recycled annu- ally. "With the recycling trial limited to 3000 homes, this suggests a huge potential for recycl- ing if it was introduced for all of Clarence." The kerbside recycling trial period targeted homes in Tranmere, Lin- disfarne, Bellerive Bluff and Rokeby with 6.5 ton- nes of recycled materials collected weekly. EastAide Recycling manager Darren Harris, who won the tender in the recycling scheme, was pleased with the partici- pation rate. "It's been going very well," he said of the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday collections. "Residents have been really good with recycl- ing, putting items out in the condition we asked for such as wrappers taken off the steel cans." Mr Harris has 10 staff collecting from major southern areas and as far as Dover. Since the council's recycling trial began, 132 tonnes of recyclable materials have been col- lected. The results have made the council consider whether the kerbside recycling scheme should be extended to all Clar- ence suburbs. That would mean about 18,500 homes would be covered by the scheme. The issue will be de- bated at the next council meeting on Monday, November 20. State coordinator for Recycle Tasmania And- rew Thiele said the res- ults showed the com- munity was accepting the challenge to minimise waste by supporting council-run kerbside programs.
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