Bins do go better with Coke

EVERY plastic bottle recycled saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.

A recycling bin was recently installed in the revamped Coachmans Park as a reminder to residents to do the right thing.

A second set of dual-purpose bins for general waste and recycling will be soon installed in the St Marys park.

Penrith Council was awarded a $10,000 Keep Australia Beautiful drink-container recycling grant for a trial of public-space recycling bins.

One set will be installed in Coachmans Park and another four at Tench Reserve, Penrith, early next year.

"It's all about getting people to recycle when they're out and about," said Keep Australia Beautiful representative Stacey Pasey.

"We find people are good with recycling at home but not so good when they're on the move."

The council was one of 16 grant recipients this year. The project will be part of the council's litter-management program.

"We've taken a proactive approach to recycling and we're now one of the leaders in NSW," mayor Ross Fowler said.

"Despite some initial opposition people have generally accepted the council's policy and waste-to-landfill has significantly dropped in the last two years. Ratepayers haven't had to pay additional charges."

Councillor Fowler hopes people will embrace the new bins at St Marys.

Now in its fourth year, the community-grant program is funded by Coca-Cola.

About 274 tonnes of drink cans and bottles were recycled last year and 1380 recycling bins were installed in public places nationally as a result of the grant.

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