Proof that recycling is helping the planet

Ballarat’s kerbside recycling scheme has reduced so much methane it could have powered every home in the city for 10 days, according to Sustainability Victoria.

TOP JOB: Lavergne Lehmann from Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group shows how recycling is done. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

TOP JOB: Lavergne Lehmann from Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group shows how recycling is done. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

“Recycling reduces the impact of climate change because recovered resources can go into new products and reduce the creation of greenhouses gases like methane,” said Sustainability Victoria spokeswoman Stephanie Ziersch.

Figures released to mark this week’s National Recycling Week showed Victorian homes recycled 67 per cent of household waste, diverting almost 8.5 million tonnes of waste for recycling.

Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group chief executive Lavergne Lehmann said Ballarat residents were doing “a pretty good job” with their recycling but could always do better.