Recycling options in the Camden Haven

Call for options: Dave Castleton said the red bin at Queens Lake Sailing Club location is always full with items which could be recycled including milk bottles.
Call for options: Dave Castleton said the red bin at Queens Lake Sailing Club location is always full with items which could be recycled including milk bottles.

Queens Lake Sailing Club commodore (president) Dave Castleton is renewing calls for there to be yellow recycle bins placed in public spaces in the Camden Haven. 

Mr Castleton said people attend the sailing club location to put their excess rubbish in the red general bin, most of which could be recycled. 

“The annoying thing with a lot of these items is that they float so they end up with the waterways,” he said. 

Mr Castleton said the bins at the location are often overflowing with rubbish and it only takes a bit of wind for items to blow into the river. 

Mr Castleton has raised his concerns with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

“There are only red bins outside take away shops and in parks which means that the items thrown in them that are usually recyclable go to landfill,” he said. 

In July Port Macquarie-Hastings Council recreation and buildings group manager Liam Bulley told the Camden Haven Courier the installation of new red and yellow bins in the Camden Haven would be considered as part of council’s ongoing improvement of public spaces. 

“Such as the upgrade of Vince Inmon children’s playground to be undertaken this financial year,” he said. 

Mr Bulley said council has installed red and yellow bins at key locations across the Camden Haven including Rainbow Beach and Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve. 

National Recycling Week 

National Recycling Week is from November 13 to 19 and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Group Manager Maria Doherty said getting recycling right is extremely important.

“We need to take extra care to ensure plastic bags and other items such as clothing, food scraps and shredded paper don’t end up in the yellow bin,” she said. 

“National Recycling Week is a great time for us all to give some thought and extra effort to our recycling, not just at home but at work also.”

Minimising waste by purchasing items without packaging, or using a reusable coffee cup, shopping bags and water bottles are all simple ways to reduce what ends up in landfill, which helps to save the environment and money.

“We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful natural environment, and by continuing to recycle as much as possible we can ensure we can make a real difference together,” said Ms Doherty.

Residents can drop off computers, televisions, scrap metal such as whitegoods, cardboard, mixed recycling and household quantities of hazardous materials for free at local waste transfer stations at Kew, Wauchope, Port Macquarie and Cairncross.

In addition, recycling mobile phones, batteries, ink cartridges and soft plastics is now easier, with facilities provided at a number of local retailers.

For more information visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/waste or call 6581 8111.