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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

5 November 2006

Major alliance to lift recycling rate


A national recycling hotline and website covering all 672 local government areas across the country was launched today by the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Planet Ark Founder Jon Dee.

The service will give householders and businesses complete information about what and where they can recycle in their local areas. In addition to basic recyclables like newspapers and aluminium cans, the site also tells people where they can recycle other things such as computers, oil, car tyres, fridges, mobile phones, car batteries, printer cartridges, phone books and paint cans. It also tells people how to give away things for free.

“This is the most detailed, comprehensive and user-friendly service yet developed for recycling in Australia,” Senator Campbell said at the launch in Perth to mark National Recycling Week. “It is a genuine one-stop service so everyone can do the right thing by the environment.

“Australia has excellent recycling rates for some products – it is 74 per cent for newspapers, the best in the world - but for others there is need for improvement. Research by Roy Morgan shows that 48 per cent of Australians are confused about what they can and cannot recycle. The hotline and website are designed to clear up that confusion.”

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government had invested $300,000 in the hotline arm of the service, which will be operated by Planet Ark and co-sponsored by Sensis.

Jon Dee said: “Too much recyclable waste is ending up in our landfills because people are confused about recycling. The National Recycling Hotline and the RecyclingNearYou web site will make it easier for Australians to recycle everything that they can in their local community.”.

“To find out what and where to recycle in your local area, all you have to do is phone the hotline on 1300 733 712. If you have internet access, just enter your postcode or suburb at RecyclingNearYou.com.au and you will get all of the information you need.”

Mr Dee said Planet Ark and Sensis had formed a partnership to develop the new website which contains details for recycling and safe waste disposal in all council areas around Australia. Searchable by postcode, the new site is also supported by Yellow® Online content to allow users to find local businesses that provide recycling services.

“The new website and hotline give Australians access to the most advanced recycling resource in the country,” said Fiona Baxter, Group Manager Corporate Responsibility for Sensis. “For the first time, Australians will be able to access localised recycling information simply by picking up the phone or by going online.”

National Recycling Week runs from Monday November 6 to Sunday November 12.

Media contact:
Regina Titelius (Minister Campbell) - 0419 099 324
Joe Fitzpatrick (Planet Ark) 0412 441 422 or Jon Dee 0414 971 900
Danielle Horan (Sensis) – 0409 861 645

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