Residents adjust to recycling
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.
Recyclables arrive for sorting.