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Posted on: 26 February, 2018

It’s easy being green in Singleton as residents continue their commitment to recycling organic waste

Singleton households are leading the way in recycling green waste with an almost perfect anti-contamination record in our green bins.

The latest monthly organics collection report from Solo Resource Recovery covering Cessnock, Maitland and Singleton local government areas show Singleton well ahead with only one instance of contamination in the organics collection service in January 2018.

Almost a year since the green bins were introduced, Singleton has collected approximately 2400 tonnes of organics waste that otherwise would have gone to landfill.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the service in March, Council’s waste team will give away 1,000 native plant seedlings and compost at the Sunday Markets at Townhead Park on Sunday 11 March between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

There will also be compost bins available for purchase for $20 each.

Mark Ihlein, Council’s Director Planning and Infrastructure Group said the organics collection had been an enormous success for Singleton in a short space of time.

“The service was introduced based on requests from the community to re-use our green waste and residents have responded,” he said.

“In January 2018, Singleton averaged 22.14kg of green waste per bin compared to 20.41kg in Cessnock and 18.41kg in Maitland.

“That’s a significant result when you consider Singleton has 7,223 green bins compared to 21,600 in Cessnock and 30,700 in Maitland.

“But the success of the service depends on the quality of the material that is collected, and the people of Singleton continue to demonstrate their dedication to recycling with the low levels of contamination that we see month after month.

“It’s a great outcome and a great reflection of the responsiveness of the people of Singleton to live more sustainably.”

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