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Posted on: 30 October, 2017

Garden Organics service reaps rewards and awards as Singleton leads the way in waste avoidance

Singleton’s dedication to recycling has again been recognised after the Garden Organics service took out the Waste Less Recycle More category in the Blue Star Sustainability Awards run by Keep NSW Beautiful.

Operated in partnership with Maitland and Cessnock councils and introduced earlier this year, the Garden Organics service saw the rollout of a new green bin for most households to dispose of green waste material such as grass clippings and tree branches to be made into mulch.

Singleton has shown to be one of the most dedicated services to reusing green waste, recycling 96 tonnes in the month of September alone and registering one of the lowest rates of contamination in NSW at 0.05% compared with the State average of 4%.

Mark Ihlein, Council’s Director Infrastructure and Planning, said the Blue Star Sustainability Awards considered civic pride, community spirit and future planning in recognizing the best projects and programs running in NSW communities.

There are nine different award categories, each with a regional and metropolitan winner.

“This award is a fantastic result because it recognises that our green bin rollout has been very successful and is recognition that Singleton is actively diverting waste from landfill,” Mr Ihlein said.

“Last month we recycled 96 tonnes of green waste which this time last year would have gone straight to the Waste Management Facility.

“This award is a great credit to the people of Singleton who continue to lead the way when it comes to recycling and reducing waste, and the fact it is sponsored by the NSW EPA is a nice reinforcement that our community is making a fundamental difference in waste avoidance.”

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