Solo Resource Recovery (Solo) will continue to collect recycling bins in the Lake Macquarie area after being awarded a 10 year contract that will result in annual savings of nearly $2 million for the city.
The contract was awarded by Hunter Resource Recovery (HRR), a company jointly owned by Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock, and Singleton councils.
Lake Macquarie City Council’s Director City Strategy, Tony Farrell said the contract will commence in July next year.
“The biggest change for residents will be the removal of the bin divider which will increase the capacity of recycling bins,” he said.
“There will also be options for smaller and larger recycling bins, with costs to be advised closer to the start of the new service.”
As well as the kerbside recycling service, Solo will continue to provide a permanent eWaste recycling facility at Awaba, and eWaste containers and staff for eWaste drop off events.
Mr Farrell said that since HRR began kerbside recycling services in 1997, Lake Macquarie residents have recycled more than 235000 tonnes of paper, glass, metals, and plastics.
“To put this figure into perspective, 235000 tonnes of recyclables would have taken up almost 650000 cubic metres of landfill space, which is the equivalent of over six years of space at Lake Macquarie’s only landfill at Awaba.
“This is a great result and shows the high level of support by Lake Macquarie residents for recycling over the last 15 years.”