The 37 stainless steel recycling bins being used in Civic in a test program are to stay.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has declared the Civic recycling bin trial, saying about 16,000 kilograms of materials have been collected since November.
The trial was initiated after surveys found 40 per cent of the rubbish in Civic waste bins could be recycled.
“As a result of the success of this trial, the 37 bins will continue to be available for recycling in the city,” she said.
Last year the Government spent $165,000 to instal the recycling bins next to existing waste bins, with appropriate signage to indicate which ones were to be used for recyclable waste, around City Walk, Garema Place and the City Bus Station.
“Monitoring of the recycling bins showed that less than eight per cent of rubbish disposed was non-recyclable in nature. It is great to see that not only were the bins used but that they were used correctly,” she said.
“We know that Canberra has the best household recycling rates in the country with around 78 per cent of domestic recycling recovered. It is great to see that Canberrans have embraced the Civic recycling bins and have continued their good recycling habits when they are out and about in the city.”