Sandi Johnston and Jim Straker (see photo below left) spoke on the SCRC’s Waste 2 Resources program. They not only informed the audience all about the program, but entertained them at the same time.
As recycling bins are replaced due to everyday wear and tear, we will begin to see the new recycling bins with red lids appear on the streets.
Statistics indicate that the average family throws away 8 x 160 litre shopping trolleys full of absolutely ‘good’ food each year.
There are 5 classes of recycling products that SCRC can use, aluminium, paper/cardboard, plastic, steel and glass. Anything and everything else should be placed into the rubbish bin. What the recycling bin can accommodate is determined by Council’s sorting system. If the sorting system can’t accommodate it, then it shouldn’t go in the recycling bin.
The sorting system cannot handle any plastic lid of any sort, broken drinking glasses and the like, wine bottle screw tops, definitely no shredded paper, no plastic bag of ANY variety nor can the system accommodate soiled nappies!
If you put empty aluminum cans into a plastic bag, the bag and its contents will be placed directly into land fill at the SCRC waste sorting facility. Any and every plastic bag should be tied into a knot and then go directly into household rubbish.
Steel cans can be pushed closed with the lid inside, aluminium foil containers (like which hold a family meat pie) should be scrunched up into a ball and placed in the recycling bin. Steel recycling is empty food cans and aerosols. After you have emptied the can or plastic container, give it a very quick rinse. With your empty aerosol container, put the plastic lid and the plastic nozzle in your everyday rubbish and then the empty aerosol can then can go into the recycling!
Large cardboard boxes should be dismantled and cut up prior to being placed in the recycling bin.
Sandi and Jim then took questions from the floor. Those in attendance thanked them for their presentation.
Josh Sondergeld from Stockland spoke on the company’s plan to have the second road into our estate in use by the end of 2015. The second road should exit onto Caloundra Rd near Corbould Racecourse.
A major upgrade of the intersection of Bellvista Blvd and Caloundra Rd will occur over the upcoming Christmas holidays. Part of this project will include extending the outgoing Bellvista Blvd into two lanes for 190 metres down Bellvista Blvd.
Josh then answered questions from residents. Josh also reported that the refurbishment to the old Land Sales Office would begin in a week or so. When completed Bellvista and Bells Reach will total around 2,500 homes!
A representative from B.E.L.L.S outlined their desire to manage the new refurbished Community Meeting Place and sought community feedback on possible uses for the refurbished facility.
Some discussion was had on the recent damage caused by hoons to Canavan Gracie Recreational Park and other parks on the estate. The president urged residents to remain vigilant and to report incidents to the police as they occurred.
The meeting closed at 8:15 and people were invited to stay behind for a cup of coffee or to join in the wine tasting. Sue Passant won the competition to tip the four different wines for tasting.
The next Public Meeting will be conducted in the refurbished Community Meeting Place on Monday September 1st. Guest Speakers will include the Mayor, Mark Jamieson and local MP Mark McArdle. At Mayor Jamieson’s request the meeting will begin at 6:00pm. All residents of Bellvista and Bells Reach are welcome to attend.