Trash into treasures Lucy Jarvis
A WASTE recycling program in Clarkson has resulted in conversion of more than 3800 tonnes of material from building sites into useful supplies over the past four years.
Tamala Park Regional Council and Catalina estate developers are celebrating success of a scheme that has reduced the amount of waste taken to landfill since 2013.
The Catalina Waste Management Program was an industry first in WA, initiated and developed by the regional council, which includes the cities of Joondalup, Perth, Stirling, Vincent and Wanneroo and the towns of Cambridge and Victoria Park.
Instant Waste Management operates the program to collect and recycle construction waste from the estate.
The company provides bins to builders who choose to participate and transports waste to its recycling facility in Bayswater where it is processed and prepared for re-use.
Recovered materials include builders’ rubble with a mix of concrete and bricks; light material such as paper and cardboard; recycled clean fill such as sand; metal and wood.
Instant Waste Management general manager John Miniello said, on a per capita basis, WA produced the most waste in the nation, and recycled the least.
Lauren Vidler of Satterley, Jake Hickey from Instant Resource and Luke Aitken of Tamala Park Regional Council at Catalina Estate.