Friday, June 21, 2024

Time to trash those election signs

A trial to recycle corflute signage is underway in the ACT, with two free drop off points now operational.

“Corflute is a popular material often used for temporary signage as it is relatively cheap and durable,” said ACT NoWaste, A/g Executive Branch Manager, Anthony Haraldson.

“Corflute however cannot be recycled in your kerbside recycling yellow lid bin and, as there have been no local recycling options, it gets repurposed or goes to waste in landfill.

“We are pleased to have partnered with Australian company Corex which accept used corflute materials and reprocess them back into corflute sheets at their Melbourne facility.”

The trial, which will run until June 2021, will allow people to drop-off corflute signs for free at signposted points at the Mitchell Resource Management Centre on Flemington Road at Mitchell and the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre, Mugga Lane at Symonston.

“Care will need to be taken to remove contamination such as paper, glue, wood, metal and plastic fixings from the corflute signs to enable them to be recycled,” said Mr Haraldson.

“The ACT Government is pleased to be able to introduce an avenue for ACT businesses and government agencies to recycle their signage and reduce the amount sent to landfill. The trial will support resource recovery of what has traditionally been considered a problematic material. If the trial is successful, the ACT Government will consider options to introduce the service on a longer-term basis.”

He said with the start of the trial coming just after the 2020 ACT election, candidates now had the option to recycle their corflute signage.

“Election signage must be removed within 48 hours of the close of the polling booths. Signs that are removed and retained by City Services Rangers will be held for seven days following a notice of seizure being issued to the owner. Any signs not collected will be recycled.”

Further information on the corflute recycling trial is available on the City Services website at www.act.gov.au/recyclopaedia

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