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Dhurringile keeps nation beautiful

Dhurringile Recreational Reserve and Community Centre has received a funding boost from Keep Australia Beautiful to increase local beverage container recycling efforts.

December 18, 2013 4:46am

Dhurringile Recreational Reserve and Community Centre Committee of Management president Sharon McCarthy with Ben Harman from Coca Cola Amatil.

The centre has been awarded $8808 through the Keep Australia Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling Grant program, to encourage and facilitate recycling of beverage containers within the community.

The Keep Dhurringile Beautiful beverage container recycling project involves installing two sets of litter receptacles each with two 120 litre bins, one for general rubbish and one for recycle materials.

Concrete bases for the bins will be installed along with can crushers and signage explaining the appropriate bin to place recyclable containers and general waste.

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

In Victoria, funds have been distributed to 10 recipients that could demonstrate their projects would result in a measurable diversion of beverage containers out of landfill, through increased recycling in communities with a particular focus on out and about areas.

‘‘This project will promote recycling and the correct disposal of waste material within the community,’’ Dhurringile Recreational Reserve and Community Centre committee of management president Sharon McCarthy said.

‘‘It will teach our children how to take care of our community and encourages good role modelling.’’

Keep Australia Beautiful national executive Peter Mclean said for many people, the barrier to recycling when they were out and about was simply due to a lack of recycling bins in public places.

‘‘When you consider that recycling 1 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,’’ he said.

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

‘‘Last year’s program resulted in 274 tonnes of beverage containers being recovered and around 1380 new recycling bins being installed in public places nationally.’’

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