City a recycle friendly place
■ Many people don’t know it, but Karratha recycles a lot of its waste.
We recycle metals – steel, copper and aluminium – plus batteries, glass, concrete, paper and plastic.
In addition, we recycle all sorts of domestic appliances and goods through our Tip Shop.
Paper and cardboard, recyclable plastics, glass and aluminium can dump bins are located at the 7-Mile tip where people can deposit if they wish.
In just a year we have been able to divert over 4500 tonnes of waste from landfill and reduce the City’s carbon footprint by 5405 tonnes of CO2.
We do not have a yellow-bin kerb-side service for recyclables: the council considered this option earlier this year but the cost per household was considered excessive.
However, Toxfree does have a yellow-bin kerbside recyclable rubbish collection which residents can individually pay for if they wish.
I and many others who are keen to recycle do this—– the cost is about $400 a year.
Our Seven Mile Waste Transfer Station and Tip Shop is the first of its kind in the Pilbara region and has been named as a finalist in the local government category of the Government of Western Australia’s Waste Authority Infinity Awards.
Our landfill facility also secured Karratha top honours in the Waste Management and Litter Prevention category at the Tidy Town State Awards in September.
When we have our Waste to Energy Plant completed, 90 per cent of our waste will be recycled, making us the highest recycling council in the State.
Stephen Heath was lucky enough to head down to Coral Bay recently, where he captured this beautiful beach sunset.