City a re­cy­cle friendly place

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Pe­ter Long

■ 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.

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