Though numbers attending this Public Meeting were down on those attending previous Public Meetings, the feedback to and from Bellvista residents made this meeting well worth the effort of attending.
Sandie Johnson and Jim Straker from SCRC Waste 2 Resources provided an enthusiastic and outstanding presentation on how SCRC deals with recyclables arising from the fortnightly yellow and green bin collection.
Some hints included:
1. Rinse and empty milk bottles and other containers prior to tossing them into the bin (this ensures workers at the recycling end are not overcome by waste foods smells). One worker was sprayed with a litre of extremely stale milk took over three showers to remove the disgusting sour milk smell from himself.
2. If possible, remove plastic lids and plastic nozzles from spray cans. All spray can lids and plastic nozzles should go in with the general rubbish.
3. The only acceptable glass is bottles and jars. Broken kitchen glass, windscreens etc do not recycle.
4. Don’t worry about removing jar labels.
5. Shredded paper is not be recycled, it tends to create a snow storm effect when going through the recycling separation machinery.
6. Containers marked codes 1 to 6 should all be suitable for recycling. These are the numbers inside the triangular recycling logo.
7. Plastic rings left around bottle necks should be cut.
8. Plastic wrappings and plastic bags should not be recycled. They can wreak havoc by blocking up recycling machinery.
9. Other not wanted items include all polystyrene, especially the trays from meat packaging and all sorts of take away type coffee cups. All plastic bottle lids should also be placed in with general rubbish as the Recycling Equipment is unable to detect these as recyclable plastic.
Click HERE to download a 450kb pdf version of the “Recyclables Sticker” which ‘should’ be on everyone’s yellow and green bin.
Jim Straker reported on the highly successful TV and PC Recycling program carried out in February where in excess of 150 tonnes of waste was rescued from becoming landfill. There will be a further collection when analogue TV is turned off in a few weeks time.
Councillor Babarowski (see photo above left) reported on various happenings around the region and Division 1. Maroochydore’s Big Top is to be fitted out as a three times per week ‘market stalls area’. Planning on this continues. Of particular note was an upcoming meeting between BeCA and Council representatives on the future of the Old Land Sales Office as a future Community Facility.
Simon Kinchington from Sunshine Coast Airport Management reported on the Caloundra Aerodrome Master Plan recently passed by SCRC. BeCA can assist by keeping local MP Mark McArdle updated on the chronic need for a Satellite Helicopter Training Facility. The one problem with this recommendation going ahead is cost and for this SCRC is dependent on State Government financial support . A site on Johnson’s Rd has been signaled as to where the facility would go.
President Les Thomas reported on the successful meeting with Chopperline.
As there was no General Business the meeting was closed at 8:30pm. Residents then had the opportunity to follow up privately with speakers on any private issues.