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Qld city to be educated on recycling

Ipswich residents will be schooled about recycling after the council threatened to axe the service.Ipswich residents will be educated on what to put in their recycling bins after the southeast Queensland council backed down on threats to stop its recycling program.
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Ipswich City Council came under fire this week when it announced it had ditched its yellow-top bin recycling program and had been sending recyclable waste to landfill for a month.

The move was slammed by the Queensland government and recycling advocates but Mayor Andrew Antoniolli insisted on Friday the council had never intended to stop recycling.

Instead, he took credit for sparking a national conversation on the issue.

The mayor confirmed on Friday the council would hire a “short-term recycling contractor” as it sought a long-term solution.

Mr Antoniolli has always insisted one of the main problems was the high rate of “contamination” of Ipswich’s recycling waste, where non-recyclable items are put in the yellow-top bins.

“At present there are quite simply too many pizza boxes, plastic bags, burger wrappers and other items not fit for recycling,” he said in a statement.

Ipswich’s contamination rate had climbed in recent months to be more than 50 per cent.

That level of contamination meant what was previously suitable to ship to China was no longer so after the country lifted its recyclable waste import standards.

As part of the long-term solution to the problem, Ipswich has now also committed to an education campaign to help residents know what they can and cannot put in the yellow-top bin.

After previously slamming Ipswich’s decision to stop its recycling program, Queensland Environment Minister Leanne Enoch said she was pleased it had changed its mind.

“Residents need to feel confident in the recycling system so that they can continue to keep up their recycling efforts,” Ms Enoch said in a statement on Friday.

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