Recycling the way to go in Sydney

Recycling-has-never-been-easier-in-the-Harbour-City_157_74205_0_14093560_300A number of high-profile recycling initiatives in Sydney are putting the spotlight on the city as a responsible and sustainable living space for the future.

The city is trialling special vending machines that allow Sydneysiders and any visitors to the city to deposit empty plastic bottles and cans, holding up to 2,000 containers. In return, the machines reward responsible individuals with a small gift or a 10 cent charity donation. The machines are located on Alfred St in Circular Quay and Dixon Street Mall in Haymarket.

Some of the prizes include a two-for-one food truck voucher and an entry into a competition to win two tickets to Sydney New Year’s Eve Dawes Point viewing area – great incentives to get residents to keep the streets of Sydney clean while saving costs on expensive garbage disposal services. This benefits residents in terms of liveability and in terms of their pocketbooks.

In a June 23 release, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said only 42 per cent of bottles and cans are recycled annually in New South Wales. This is despite the fact that, every minute in Australia, 15,000 bottles and cans are either thrown in a landfill or littered.

This initiative will not only keep the streets clean, however, it will also increase safety in the Harbour City. According to Clean-Up Australia, there are 40,000 injuries from broken glass bottles in Australia every year.

This initiative comes on top of Sydney’s existing MobileMuster recycling program, which has established phone, battery and lightbulb recycling stations in libraries, apartment blocks and neighbourhood service centres around the city.

The program recently received an honour at the MobileMuster’s annual awards for innovation and excellence.

“Our new recycling stations keep dangerous wastes like lead and mercury out of landfill – where toxic substances can leach into the soil and waterways,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore in a June 24 statement.

With innovative amenities such as these on the rise in Sydney, those looking for residential property may well want to consider the Harbour City. The programs will help ensure the city’s neighbourhoods stay safe and sustainable for some time to come.

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