Residents encouraged to have their say on recycling
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.