Recycling in the Park: Cooma gets modern look

Cooma has some new and very modern looking recycling and waste bins around Centennial Park.

It is thanks to a partnership between Cooma-Monaro Shire Council and Keep Australia Beautiful which have together paid for the high quality stainless steel bins, costing $20,799.

The mayor Dean Lynch said the Keep Australia Beautiful community grants program funded by Coca Cola, contributed $9,500 towards the cost of the bins and the balance was paid by the council.

The five bins or 'stations' are dual purpose recycling and waste containers that will replace the existing bins around Centennial Park.

The new bins will provide a recycling option, diverting up to five tonnes of recyclable materials away from Council's landfill each year.

Cr Lynch was very positive about the new waste and recycling initiative.

"What a great thing to be able to promote waste reduction to our tourists and community alike, by being able to now offer public place recycling," Cr Lynch said.

"It's great to know that Cooma is now doing our bit for Australia."

Keep Australia Beautiful national executive Peter McLean said for many people the barrier to recycling when they are out and about is due to a lack of recycling bins in public places.

"When you consider that recycling one tonne of glass saves 1.1 tonnes of raw materials and 30 per cent energy use, and recycling one plastic drink bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes, it's clear we need the right infrastructure in place to assist people with recycling," Mr McLean said.

Since the community grants program started, more than $1.24 million has been distributed to over 190 projects, assisting almost 3 million people to recycle their bottles and cans in public places.

The Keep Australia Beautiful community grants program, funded by Coca-Cola, is in its fourth year with $440,000 shared across 71 local communities nationally in 2013.

In NSW, funds have been distributed to 16 recipients which could demonstrate their projects would result in a measurable diversion of beverage containers away from landfill, through increased recycling in local communities with a particular focus on public places.

Last year's program resulted in 274 tonnes of beverage containers being recovered and about 1380 new recycling bins were installed nationally.

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