Queensland kicks goals for recycling

A statewide roll-out of recycling bins in public places has prevented more than 480 tonnes waste from being turned into landfill in just two years, Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said today.

Ms Jones marked two years of the Bligh Government-funded program by joining the Queensland Reds and Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium Queensland's most successful recycling venue.

"Queenslanders have recycled at least 480 tonnes of waste in two years while they're outside their home," Ms Jones said.

"That's the entire city of Toowoomba filling up their wheelie bins (32,000 bins).

"Since it began in January 2008, Public Place Recycling has rolled out 3,500 recycling bins in 90 public venues around Queensland.

"As a result more and more Queenslanders are choosing to 'do the right thing and use the right bin' away from home.

"Nowhere is this more evident than in our large sports stadiums, particularly Suncorp Stadium.

"Suncorp installed 180 recycling bins at the start of last year's football season and by the end of year, almost 80 tonnes were collected.

"That's as much as a fully loaded Boeing 737 being diverted from landfill and twice the amount expected in its first year.

"Over the next decade, collected recyclable materials from current public place recycling sites around Queensland would cover the entire stadium playing surface to a depth of 7.5 metres (about 4,800 tonnes).

As well as the Gabba, Suncorp and other stadiums, public place recycling bins are situated on footpaths in 15 council areas, in shopping centres and parklands and at annual events such as the Ekka and the Woodford Folk Festival.

Suncorp Stadium General Manager, Alan Graham said the stadium was pleased to join many other public place recycling venues in Queensland.

"Colour-coded bin caps on the concourse and corporate suite areas throughout the stadium make it very easy for patrons to help the stadium's management sort waste and recycling into the right streams," Mr Graham said.

"They deserve a hearty pat on the back, as do the stadium's cleaners who have become recycling champions."

Ms Jones said the vast majority of Queenslanders supported kerbside recycling, and it was clear from Suncorp Stadium's results that people were keen to extend that commitment to recycling when they are away from home.

"The football clubs have worked with the State Government to create advertisements for the stadium's video screens featuring the Broncos' Justin Hodges and the Reds' James Horwill, announcer scripts and other tools to encourage people to 'Do the right thing, use the right bin'," she said.

"Suncorp is a great success story and a fine example of how to recycle at a major venue.

"More broadly, Queenslanders are annually recycling 269,000 tonnes of waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

"That's enough to fill Suncorp Stadium to the brim twice over.

"But we can do better. It's estimated that Queenslanders still throw away 50% recyclable material when away from home.

"More recycling bins will continue being rolled this year out at a range of different locations including public transports networks and theme parks."

The Public Place Recycling Program in Queensland is funded through the National Packaging Covenant - a joint initiative between the State Government and the Packaging Stewardship Forum, part of the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

Other Public Place Recycling venues

Dairyfarmers' Stadium in Townsville started in March 2009 17 tonnes
Skilled Park on the Gold Coast started in May 2009 14 tonnes
The Gabba started in July 2009 13.5 tonnes
Selected shopping centres started from January 2009 33 tonnes
Queensland University of Technology started from March 2009 10 tonnes
The Ekka started in 2008 107 tonnes

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