MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Therese McCabe is passionate about encouraging others to think more about their recycling.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Therese McCabe is passionate about encouraging others to think more about their recycling. Contributed

Tips for recycling in the new year

THIS year South Burnett residents are being encouraged to start making small changes around their homes to improve recycling practises in a council with no curbside recycling.

For self-confessed sustainability advocate Therese McCabe, making conscious recycling decisions is now automatic and she is calling on the community to make small changes around their homes.

"Humans are the only species that can kill the planet and we are doing a job of it,” she said.

"In wanting to preserve wildlife and marine life I realised that what we could do is leave that to the experts and do what we can in our own homes.”

Mrs McCabe, who resides in the Livingstone Shire but regularly visits family in the South Burnett, understands plastic is part of people's everyday routine and change takes time.

"I understand the consumers and mums and dads that are saying I have had them for 20 years, what is wrong with plastic bags,'” she said.

"You need to congratulate yourself for doing small things like taking your soft plastics to Woolworths and taking something out of South Burnett landfill.

"At first you need to practise but then it becomes something that you normally do.”

Mrs McCabe recommends using the acronym STOP to start learning and thinking about recycling.

In the acronym, the letter 'S' represents slowing down to make sure you make conscious purchases and decisions when putting things in the bin.

Touching to determine what material the container is and thinking about what you are doing is is the meaning of the letter 'T'.

Organising shopping bags and collecting for the Containers for Change program is key, according to Mrs McCabe.

Lastly Mrs McCabe encourages kids and adults alike to practise putting things in the right bin.

To get the whole family involved, Mrs McCabe encourages households to start learning about composting and to consider worm farms for the kids.

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