In 1974 Shellharbour City Council was one of the first councils in New South Wales to introduce public participation at its council meetings. Shellharbour Council’s decision to open public participation at Council meetings highlights the value in Community partnership. Shellharbour Council is committed to building partnerships with a range of stakeholders, and is seeking greater engagement with the community. Undertaking transparent and genuine engagement aims to help build a stronger community.
To trial public place recycling bin systems in Shellharbour to determine community waste disposal behaviour and encourage recycling in public places. Using innovative technology, reduce waste sent to landfill, encouraging best waste management practices among community members and increase awareness and knowledge of waste disposal methods.
Shellharbour City Council in conjunction with Stockland Shopping Centres decided to use an Envirobank Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) with prime placement in the centre’s food court and offer a range of rewards for the community. Unlike a traditional vending machine where the customer inserts payment for an item that is then dispensed, an Envirobank RVM allows people to insert their empty cans or drink bottles and redeem rewards. 100% of the crushed containers are then recycled
Shellharbour City Council and Stockland decided an RVM was exactly what they needed – it would increase recycling in the shopping centre, there would be a reduction of litter and it would educate the community at the same time. There was even an opportunity for the retailers to showcase their offers in the interactive LED touchscreen.
Due to the compression mechanism, the units hold 20 times the capacity of a single Sulo bin, which means they have to be emptied less frequently. Greater storage capacity due to the compaction mechanism, this enables units to hold up to 3000 cans and 1600 PET bottles.
Continuous feed port will accept 30 plastic bottles or 40 cans a minute, enabling event patrons to recycle multiple units quickly.
The cutting edge technology of Envirobank machines read all barcodes on items inserted into the machine. Any material unacceptable for recycling will be rejected. This means zero contamination, so every container deposited will reach the recycling destination.
The machines can be accessed wirelessly to provide immediate, accurate reporting from your event. Each machine records the amount of recyclables collected by material type. This will provide the hard proof of positive impact for press releases and sustainability reporting.
The Envirobank Mobile Unit delivers the message that your Business is committed to the wellbeing of the environment. It shows potential customers, event goers and the wider community that your brand is a responsible member of the community and has a strategy to protect our planets future.