Res­i­dents en­cour­aged to have their say on re­cy­cling

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A re­cy­cling pro­posal has been mooted for Ex­mouth un­der which res­i­dents would pay about $16 a year to sub­sidise a drop-off cen­tre and pro­cess­ing plant.

The Shire of Ex­mouth has asked the com­mu­nity to make sub­mis­sions on whether peo­ple would be for or against the ser­vice, tak­ing into ac­count fi­nan­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions.

Shire pres­i­dent Turk Shales said the project had the po­ten­tial to di­vert 350 tonnes of waste from land­fill ev­ery year.

“To put it in per­spec­tive, that is equiv­a­lent to the weight of about 10 of the hump­back whales that we see trav­el­ling along our World Her­itage listed coast­line each year,” he said.

“We live in a World Her­itage listed area and our com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors to our town are very aware of the need to pro­tect our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and min­imise the im­pact we have on our sur­round­ings.

“Some large busi­nesses will pay a lit­tle more than $16 but they will po­ten­tially gain from re­cy­cling by re­duc­ing the num­ber of rub­bish bins they use and the cost.”

Mod­el­ling by Ask Waste Man­age­ment in­di­cated the in­come from the sale of baled ma­te­ri­als would not be enough to cover the cost of op­er­at­ing such a fa­cil­ity on its own.

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