Rubbish and Recycling

Eight giant skips of electronic waste were collected at Castle Hill Showground during Hills Shire Council’s most recent E-Waste Drop off event. Recycling

It was one of Hills Shire Council’s most successful E-Waste Drop Off events to date, with 1373 attendees taking the opportunity to recycle old and unwanted electronic waste _ an increase of almost 300 more compared to last year’s event.

The skips translated to 40.9 tonnes of e-waste that could be recycled during the February E-Waste Drop Off event at Castle Hill Showground on February 19.

Recycling and kerbside pickups are just some of the waste questions that Hills Shire Council is currently asking residents about. There is an online service and pop-up sites where residents can talk to council staff about the future of their waste collection and disposal services.

The next sessions are:
• Grove Square Baulkham Hills on Sunday, March 27, and Wednesday March 30;
• Norwest Marketown on Sunday, March 27;
• Glenorie Shopping Village on Saturday, April 2; and
• Dural Mall on Saturday, April 2

Council is working on its long-term waste management strategy and action plan, called a Resource Recovery Delivery Program (RRDP), which will provide strategic direction and actions for future waste services and guide Council in the transition to a FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) collection service.

The new FOGO waste service, which was mandated by the NSW Government, will see residents placing food waste in the green-lid bin along with garden organics instead of in the red-lid bin.

This will see more waste diverted from landfill and may include a change in how bins are collected.

Hills Shire Mayor Dr Peter Gangemi said Council wanted to hear from residents on how they would like waste and recycling managed – now and into the future.

“Our residents are so passionate about our environment and keeping our region a wonderful place to live, work and play. They also have a vested interest in how Council and its contractors plan to meet waste targets, including reducing waste and recycling.

“We are working on our long-term plan that aims to meet State Government targets, but also provides best value and service to our residents,” he said.

To have your say online, visit The Hills Shire Council website, thehills.nsw.gov.au, and search “Let’s talk rubbish”. Results from the 10-minute online survey will help to determine the way waste services will be delivered across The Hills Shire.

“We want to see how we can work together to make our waste, recycling and green waste services as efficient as possible, whilst also being environmentally conscious and cost effective in the process,” he said.

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