Now in its 25th year, National Recycling Week, Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November 2020, provides an important opportunity for councils, workplaces, schools and individuals to improve their recycling knowledge, build better recycling habits and build trust in recycling.

This year's theme is 'Recovery - A future beyond the bin' and we are encouraging and inviting residents to value your resources, giving them a second life by reducing, reusing and recycling.

Chair of Parkes Shire Waste Committee, Cr Alan Ward said, "As a community, reducing our waste not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill it also benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our need for new materials."

"By reducing and reusing we can all save money at home and in the workplace. This week is a good reminder for schools, workplaces and families are encouraged to consider giving items a second life and future beyond the bin," said Cr Ward.

To celebrate and recognise National Recycling Week, Council's waste group, Netwaste, have developed a game so you can test your skills on what stream different wastes go to. You can find the link on Council's website to play along and see how quickly you can sort rubbish from recycling - https://recycle.netwaste.org.au/

Netwaste Group of Council's will also be coordinating a community survey to assess our local community's usage and satisfaction with the current kerbside recycling, food, garden and general waste service. The survey well be conducted via telephone to Parkes Shire residents or alternatively, you can take the survey online before Sunday 29 November. The survey is available on Council's website  www.parkes.nsw.gov.au or go direct to the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W55M7JN

"Council continues to strive to be a leader in waste management through innovative programs and infrastructure upgrades to our waste facilities. The latest project is a new Community Recycling Centre at our existing Parkes Waste Facility, which will allow residents to dispose of problem wastes such as paint, gas bottles, batteries and more, free of charge.

The Community Recycling Centre project is being funded by the Department Planning, Industry and Environment under the Waste Less, Recycle More grant and is expected to be completed by May 2021.