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New app has the answers to your recycling queries

Last updated: 24/01/2022
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It can sometimes be a little tricky and overwhelming to know exactly how to recycle when so many different products are made from a range of materials.

But now there's an app to help take the guess work out of what goes in your yellow-top bin, what needs to be taken to special drop off points and what's general waste - Recycle Mate.

You can use the camera function or search from over 4,000 items in Recycle Mate's comprehensive directory to find out the best disposal option for your items.

Speaking with Bundaberg Now, Bundaberg Regional Council's Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesperson Cr Tanya McLoughlin encouraged residents to download the app to receive quick and convenient access to local recycling information.

“Residents have a proven desire to recycle correctly and reduce what goes to landfill, but often feel unsure if they are always getting it right,” she said.

“This innovative app uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology to detect hundreds of different items to find the best local disposal option.

“Simply take a photo with your device’s camera or type the item name and Recycle Mate will provide disposal options specific to our region.”

The items that you place in the yellow-top bins collected by the council go to their Material Recovery Facility on University Dr which is managed by IMPACT Community Services.

IMPACT staff sort by hand all the items that you put into your recycling bins.

At the Recycling and Collections Centre we employ 27 workers with disability under the Australian Government’s NDIS Social Enterprise program.

We provide a supported work environment where our staff help individual workers identify areas to grow their skills and undertake any training to assist in achieving their goals.

Download the Recycle Mate app from Google Play or the App Store.

For more information on recycling dos and don'ts visit the council's website here for a breakdown of recyclable materials.

Recycle Mate is an initiative of the Australian Council of Recycling with funding support from the Australian Government's Environment Restoration Fund program. Adaptation Environmental Support is the program delivery partner.

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