Bankstown City Council has received international recognition for its multi-award winning Recycle Right program.
Mayor Khal Asfour said the country of Bhutan heard about Recycle Right when Bankstown City Council was presented with a national Local Government Innovation Award earlier this year.
“As a result, the Chief Executive Officer for Druk Waste Collection travelled from Bhutan to Bankstown to discover our recycling secrets,” Mayor Asfour said.
“This week, we welcomed Mr Ugyen Phuntsho who will now take what he has learnt back to Bhutan.
“It’s great to see our Recycle Right program continuing to receive recognition, locally from our residents, nationally from government and industry and now at an international level.”
Bhutan is tucked between India and China in the Tibetan Himalayas.
"I am grateful to Bankstown City Council for showing me how waste is managed in its area,” Mr Phuntsho said.
“This will be very helpful for me in Bhutan, especially the education program.”
Mayor Asfour said Council’s Recycle Right program has already won three major wards over the past 12 months, having taken out the 2012 Local Government Innovation Award, the Community Education and Empowerment Award and the Best Government Community Engagement Award.
“Council has received news it is also a finalist in the NSW Government’s 2012 Green Globe Awards and has been nominated in the Excellence in Communication category at the RH Dougherty Awards 2012,” Mayor Asfour said.
The Recycle Right program resulted from a household waste audit, extensive community consultation and a very successful trial period. It was rolled out across the city in June.
All households are provided with feedback on how well they are recycling, receiving a special card in their mail indicating whether they have been assessed as doing a great job or need to do more.