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Strong community support to divert soft plastics from landfill

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 17 Sep 2021
Central Coast Council has been blown away that over 7,100 Central Coast households have opted into the Curby soft plastics program in the past weeks.

Already the program has resulted in over 11,000 kilograms of soft plastics being diverted from landfill (the equivalent of 2 million plastic bags) and now that the Central Coast is nearing its 10,000th household joining the program, this number is expected to quadruple.

Council Director Infrastructure Services, Boris Bolgoff said the Central Coast is leading the way to help shape the future of soft plastics recycling nationally.

"Our community's dedication to reducing waste and protecting our land and marine environments continually amazes and inspires us," Mr Bolgoff said.

"We understand that many people in our community are waiting on their Curby Pack to arrive in the post - Curby has guaranteed absolutely everyone registered will receive their pack so please be patient as the Curby Team methodically go through the list of households and in the meantime, please keep collecting your soft plastics ready for when your pack arrives."

Council Administrator Rik Hart said Council was delighted to be part of this Australia-first program.

"We know that the Central Coast community is passionate about waste reduction but this response from our residents is simply outstanding," Mr Hart said.

"The values of our community are strongly tied to our local natural environment and we are delighted to continually look for opportunities like the Curby program, which enables our residents to live their values."

The program is run in collaboration with Australian recyclers iQ Renew and CurbCycle and builds upon the successful soft plastics recycling trial facilitated by Central Coast Council since November 2020.

All households in the Central Coast Council area can now register to be part of a soft plastics recycling program, allowing them to recycle soft plastics from the convenience and safety of their own homes using the Curby Program and Council kerbside yellow bin.

Currently, the program is only available to households with access to a smartphone who can access the Curby app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Council understands not everyone has a smartphone and if this is the case, residents can recycle soft plastics using a nearby existing REDcycle drop off location, which can be found online at www.redcycle.net.au


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