Con­cerns over City re­cy­cling

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Jar­rod Lu­cas

The City of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der says it wants to be a “clean and green city” amid crit­i­cism of its kerb­side re­cy­cling ser­vice from two for­mer coun­cil­lors.

Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der res­i­dent Gra­ham McGarry, who served on the Town of Kal­go­or­lie coun­cil in the 1980s, crit­i­cised the ser­vice in ques­tions to the City dur­ing pub­lic ques­tion time in De­cem­ber.

The City’s for­mal re­sponse be­came pub­licly avail­able last week in the min­utes of the Jan­uary 18 or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing.

Among Mr McGarry’s big­gest con­cerns was his be­lief con­trac­tors Clean­away were not lo­cally owned and Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der was the only lo­cal govern­ment au­thor­ity in the Gold­fields to un­der­take kerb­side re­cy­cling.

“Will coun­cil take that into con­sid­er­a­tion when con­sid­er­ing the fu­ture of this ac­tiv­ity?” he asked.

The City con­firmed the cor­po­rate head of­fice of Tran­spa­cific Clean­away was in Mel­bourne and its reg­is­tered of­fice was in Mil­ton, Queens­land.

But it said Clean­away had a waste de­pot and re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity in West Kal­go­or­lie and was con­sid­ered a re­gional ten­derer.

“When con­sid­er­ing the fu­ture of the re­cy­cling ser­vice, the life and cost of op­er­at­ing a land­fill fa­cil­ity to take the pre­vi­ously re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, and the cost of de­vel­op­ing and li­cens­ing a new fa­cil­ity would also need to be con­sid­ered,” a City spokesper­son said.

The City’s vi­sion state­ment aims to be a “clean and green city” and “changes to treat­ment of waste must con­sider this vi­sion”, the spokesper­son said.

Less than a decade of ca­pac­ity re­mains at the City’s Yarri Road refuse fa­cil­ity, 7km north-east of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der.

Coun­cil doc­u­ments show 17 per cent of res­i­dents used the kerb­side re­cy­cling ser­vice in the De­cem­ber quar­ter, with 405 tonnes col­lected.

The City launched the fort­nightly pick-ups in July, 2007, and is tar­get­ing a re­cy­cling rate of 50 per cent by 2020.

But for­mer coun­cil­lor and Kal­go­or­lie Miner colum­nist Doug Daws this month called for kerb­side re­cy­cling to be scrapped.

“It is ex­pen­sive and no one wants to say how much of the 1600 or so tonnes col­lected is ac­tu­ally turned into some­thing use­ful, other than profit for a waste col­lec­tion com­pany that is pock­et­ing the only profit,” he wrote in his weekly Miner col­umn.

Coun­cil fig­ures show the con­tam­i­na­tion rate was 38 per cent for the De­cem­ber quar­ter, well above the coun­cil’s tar­get of 20 per cent.

The con­tam­i­na­tion rate rep­re­sents the amount of non-re­cy­clable ma­te­rial col­lected as a pro­por­tion of the to­tal waste in the bright blue re­cy­cling bins.

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