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recycling solutions through partnerships

Here in Australia, Alcoa is using partnerships to help boost community recycling rates.

The Western Victorian Public Place Recycling Project, launched in May 2010 in the Surf Coast and Geelong regions (around our Point Henry and Anglesea Operations), has expanded to Portland.

The initiative involves installation of best practice recycling infrastructure in public places - including within sporting venues, recreational areas and main streets.

The project is an initiative of three organisations: Alcoa Foundation, Sustainability Victoria and the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group.  The Alcoa Foundation is funding the recycling infrastructure via a US$86,000 grant.

The Portland Aquatic Centre has been installed with new recycling stations with the aim of diverting more than 1200 kilograms of recyclables from landfill. Recycling infrastructure can also be found in the central business districts of Camperdown, Hamilton and Port Fairy.

While Australians have become excellent recyclers in their own homes, our recycling efforts are somewhat hindered in public places where recycling bins are traditionally not readily available.  This project aims to overcome these challenges and Alcoa hopes this partnership will lead the way in inspiring other Australian regions to consider similar projects.

The Western Victorian Public Place Recycling Project follows the success of a similar program initially launched at major sporting venues across Victoria, including Geelong’s Skilled Stadium, in 2007.

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Alcoa's Victorian Operations General Manager John Osborne with Portland South Primary School Principal Marg Millard and students at the partnership launch