Corflute recycling trial now underway in ACT

A trial will be undertaken in the ACT to recycle corflute signage, with two free drop off points to be operational from today, Monday 19 October 2020.

“Corflute is a popular material often used for temporary signage as it is relatively cheap and durable,” said Anthony Haraldson, A/g Executive Branch Manager, ACT NoWaste.

“Corflute however cannot be recycled in your kerbside recycling yellow lid bin and, as there have been no local recycling options, it gets repurposed or goes to waste in landfill.

“We are pleased to have partnered with Australian company Corex which accept used corflute materials and reprocess them back into corflute sheets at their Melbourne facility.

“The trial, which will run until June 2021, will allow people to drop-off corflute signs for free at signposted points at the:

* Mitchell Resource Management Centre, Flemington Road, Mitchell

* Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre, Mugga Lane, Symonston.

“Care will need to be taken to remove contamination such as paper, glue, wood, metal and plastic fixings from the corflute signs to enable them to be recycled.

“The ACT Government is pleased to be able to introduce an avenue for ACT businesses and government agencies to recycle their signage and reduce the amount sent to landfill. The trial will support resource recovery of what has traditionally been considered a problematic material. If the trial is successful, the ACT Government will consider options to introduce the service on a longer-term basis.”

The start of the trial comes just after the 2020 ACT election, giving candidates the option to recycle their corflute signage if it cannot be reused.

Election signage must be removed within 48 hours of the close of the polling booths. Signs that are removed and retained by City Services Rangers will be held for seven days following a notice of seizure being issued to the owner. Any signs not collected will be recycled.

To date, over 2,100 signs have been removed and retained by City Services Rangers in the six weeks immediately preceding the election date.

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