Firm on board to manage recycling
■ Recycling facilities in Exmouth are a step closer after the appointment of a firm to manage them.
Ask Waste Management Consultancy Services will manage the establishment of the initiative, a joint venture between the Shires of Exmouth, Carnarvon and Shark Bay.
Ask principal consultant Giles Perryman said each shire would have a “bring centre”, and a portable multipurpose crushing, shredding and mulching machine would be rotated between the authority areas. The Exmouth centre is set to be at the Old Power House off Nimitz Street.
Recycled glass, concrete and bricks are likely to be used locally in concrete aggregate, while green waste will become mulch or compost.
“Plastic, cardboard and paper will be baled and sold to wholesale collectors in Perth for exportation to Asia,” Mr Perryman said.
Shire of Exmouth executive manager health and buildings Rob Manning said the town was finally getting to realise an aspiration from the Community Strategic Plan of 2011 in which residents asked the council to make more options for recycling available.
He said Ask Waste Management had a lot of experience working in regional remote towns.
“Their feet are really well grounded to come up with what works with country local governments and they understand issues with distance and freight,” he said.
He said Mr Perryman would help identify, buy and commission the best machinery for each town.
Mr Perryman said the collection-centre model had been chosen as using yellow-top wheelie bins in small regional towns was “economically disastrous”.
Shire of Carnarvon President Karl Brandenburg said the ability to shred tyres would greatly decrease the amount of space they took up in the tip and the ability to bale shredded waste would make it much easier to transport.
He said Carnarvon would be willing to look after smaller neighbours which did not have a large enough community to install their own machinery.
Shire of Shark Bay works manager Brian Galvin said recycling was very close to his heart, and while he didn’t believe awareness of what was happening was high yet in Denham, he planned to involve schoolchildren in spreading the word to their families.
Ask Waste Management has appointed Jill Lethlean to develop education and awareness strategies for the shires to use.
Mr Galvin said children were passionate about their environment and very strong-willed.
“You can provide the funding, but we’ve got to have the educational side of things to get everyone passionate enough to use the bring sites,” he said.