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Corflute recycling trial now underway in the ACT

A corflute signage recycling trial is underway in the ACT, with two free drop off points to be operational until June 2021.

According to ACT NoWaste Acting Executive Branch Manager Anthony Haraldson, corflute is a popular material often used for temporary signage as it is relatively cheap and durable.

“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,” he said.

“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 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.

“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,” Haraldson said.

“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.”

People can drop-off corflute signs at signposted points at the Mitchell Resource Management Centre and Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre.

Haraldson added that 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.

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