Firm on board to man­age re­cy­cling

Pilbara News - - News - Bran­wen Smith

■ 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.

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