Recycling waste: Get It Sorted

WELLINGTON Shire Council is launching an education campaign to help locals to live more sustainably and reduce their waste.

Titled ‘Get it Sorted’, the campaign will provide simple, accurate information about the current “recycling crisis”, with support from the Gippsland Times, local radio and through digital platforms.

Council will be showcasing ways people can make small, simple changes to their lifestyles to help reduce waste.

Wellington Shire mayor Carolyn Crossley said there was so much conflicting information about what could and couldn’t be recycled.

“It can be very confusing trying to work out what can and can’t go into the recycling bin,” she said.

“We’ve all heard about the pizza box example.

“Can you or can’t you put an empty pizza box in your recycling bin?

“The answer is yes, in Wellington you can recycle your pizza box, but in other municipalities this may not be possible.

“That’s why it’s important for us to spread the word about what is and isn’t acceptable, so that the choice is easy for our residents and we can cut back on contaminants in our bins.”

Cr Crossley said council would be encouraging people to get involved in the campaign by providing feedback and tips on how they make more sustainable choices.

“We would love the Wellington community to become involved in this,” she said.

“Pop your photos up on our Facebook or Instagram pages, to share with us and the rest of your community.

“With all of us working together, we really can make a difference and take control of our waste.”

People can tag council in Facebook posts @Wellington Shire Council or Instagram via getitsortedwellington and use the hashtags #getitsorted and #dontbetrashy

People can also email media@wellington.vic.gov.au.