Res­i­dents ad­just to re­cy­cling

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

Op­er­a­tors of the new City of Kar­ratha kerb­side re­cy­cling ser­vice have re­ported a 15 per cent con­tam­i­na­tion rate al­most a month in, but say lev­els are im­prov­ing every week.

Speak­ing at the end of last month, Clean­away op­er­a­tions su­per­vi­sor Rikki Sav­age said res­i­dents had been quickly ad­just­ing to re­cy­cling their rub­bish and had made good progress over the first three weeks.

“The first two weeks we were look­ing at about 25 per cent con­tam­i­na­tion,” he said.

“For a city that has never had re­cy­cling be­fore, for them to get 15 per cent (now) is pretty re­mark­able.”

“Pretty much every week of the re­cy­cling ser­vice it has im­proved.

“So peo­ple ob­vi­ously are tak­ing their ed­u­ca­tion into ac­count.”

The main forms of con­tam­i­na­tion in the City so far have been gen­eral rub­bish go­ing into re­cy­cling bins, and peo­ple putting re­cy­clable items in­side plas­tic bin bags in­stead of di­rectly into the bin. Mr Sav­age said about 10 per cent con­tam­i­na­tion of re­cy­clables was the na­tional av­er­age for cities.

He said re­cy­cling truck driv­ers had re­ported Nickol had the low­est con­tam­i­na­tion lev­els of all the city sub­urbs, while those on the out­skirts in­clud­ing Roe­bourne and Point Sam­son, also had low rates.

Clean­away will con­tinue cam­paign­ing to im­prove pub­lic aware­ness this month through pri­mary school re­cy­cling ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions and meet­ing with com­mu­nity groups and mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Pic­ture: Michael O’Brien

Re­cy­clables ar­rive for sort­ing.

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