The new Lismore City Council (LCC) Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) has been announced as a finalist in the Waste and Recycling category and will attend the awards ceremony at Parliament House on 30 October.
The Green Globe Awards are the leading environmental awards in NSW, recognising businesses, government, community organisations and individuals who have integrated environmental practices and resource-saving initiatives into day-to-day operations.
The $3.65 million MRF will process more than 15,000 tonnes of recyclables per year, which is baled and sold for remanufacture into new products. The adjoining Glass Processing Plant will keep hundreds of tonnes of glass out of landfill, instead crushing it into sand for use in road base and asphalt. This reduces Council’s need to mine virgin sand, a process that is energy and water intensive.
“We’re absolutely thrilled – the Green Globes are the Oscars of the recycling world! We always knew we were onto something big with the new MRF and already we’re seeing that others are taking notice,” Council’s Waste Operations Coordinator Kevin Trustum said.
“A big part of our MRF and Glass Processing Plant being a success is our community recycling right at home. We developed a colourful and extensive community education campaign to teach people about the 12 new rules for our recycling bins, The Dirty Dozen, and we continue to educate school groups throughout the year. Young people are often excellent recyclers and can spread our messages into the home better than anyone. It was important to create a campaign that was bold, bright and would speak to them.”
As a finalist Lismore City Council will also be in the running for three special awards – the Regional Sustainability Award, 10-year Sustainability Award and The Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
For more information visit the website: www.lismore.nsw.gov.au