Recycling is about to become a whole lot easier for 20,000 inner city residents living in houses when the City of Sydney replaces old recycling crates with new recycling wheelie bins as part of a $1.6 million roll-out.

From September, the City will provide new yellow-lid wheelie bins for single occupancy dwellings such as houses, terraces and town houses within City of Sydney boundaries.

City of Sydney Director of City Community and Cultural Services Garry Harding said the new system will increase recycling and reduce landfill.

The new bins are expected to increase recycling by about 25 per cent in the new areas from 4,990 tonnes per annum to 6,238 tonnes. This is in addition to about 11,770 tonnes of recycling collected from residential apartment buildings every year.

The new bins are fully comingled which means people don’t have to separate different types of recyclable material and they are much easier to wheel around.

The proposal is part of the City’s implementation of Sustainable Sydney 2030 which commits us to diverting 70 per cent of waste from landfill by 2014.

We expect the new bins to result in cost savings of about $2.9M over the next five years – wheelie bins are collected once a week which means fewer truck movements and less fuel, and will also result in a reduction in replacing stolen, damaged or missing crates.

This is good news for the environment too with an expected three per cent increase in domestic waste diverted from landfill and an annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of about 888 tonnes from increased recycling and reduced transport, Mr Harding said.

The City will soon be using Jack’s Gully Alternative Waste Treatment facility to help increase resource recovery from 32 per cent to 57 per cent in 2010. A new alternative treatment facility is also being investigated to divert even more waste from landfill and possibly generate renewable fuels.

Residents have been notified about the roll-out of new bins and what to do with their old recycling crates.

For more information, residents can visit www.zerowaste.org.au to watch a video and find out what changes are happening in their area.

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