RECYCLING SCORES WELL IN QLD RUGBY WORLD CUP SUCCESS

Recycling is the big winner from Queensland's Rugby World Cup matches, with 16 tonnes of material recycled from the state's two Cup venues, Premier Peter Beattie said after today's Suncorp Stadium Cabinet meeting.

"Our Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise Public Place Recycling Program is the first of its kind in Australia, and is regarded by industry as the most successful recycling initiative yet," said Mr Beattie.

The Premier and Environment Minister Dean Wells detailed that the more than 400,000 spectators at the Rugby World Cup matches at Suncorp Stadium and Townsville's Dairy Farmers' Stadium diverted the 16 tonnes from the state's landfill, saving more than $5000 in the process.

"Queensland is the only host state of the Rugby World Cup to offer spectators the opportunity to recycle at all venues," Mr Beattie said.

"The venue managers of Suncorp Stadium and the Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville and the local, national and international World Cup patrons that attended the Queensland games should be congratulated for embracing Queensland's ground-breaking public place recycling."

"The WasteWise Public Place Recycling Program has been an undeniable success with almost 500 tonnes of valuable resources being diverted from landfills and sent for reprocessing in the past year.

"Queensland venues taking part in the program have also achieved savings of up to 25 percent in waste management expenses," he said.

Mr Wells said the results showed that when people had access to the WasteWise recycling facilities they were less likely to irresponsibly dispose of waste.

"When the public is provided with the opportunity to do the right thing, they will do it," he said.

"We are now assisting local governments throughout Queensland to implement WasteWise Public Place Recycling Programs.

"This will help councils recover the estimated 50 percent of potentially recyclable product generated and disposed of away from the home. Most of this recyclable product currently ends up in a landfill, or worse still as litter."

Mr Wells said the Stadium efforts offered the perfect opportunity to remind Queenslanders that recycling was more than just the right thing to do for the environment, but that it also created jobs and economic benefits for all.

"Every tonne of recycled material we send to Queensland industries, rather than landfill, presents opportunities for employment," Mr Wells said.

"Being WasteWise has as much to do with Queensland's economy as our environment. It makes good economic sense to promote waste reduction and diversion initiatives," he said.

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