Glass dis­missed from rub­bish bins

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

AN aware­ness cam­paign to re­duce glass in gen­eral waste bins is set to start this month.

Min­darie Re­gional Coun­cil (MRC), which man­ages waste for the Town of Vic­to­ria Park and six other metropoli­tan coun­cil ar­eas, re­cently ap­proved a pi­lot ‘no glass’ cam­paign.

“The ‘no glass’ cam­paign (is) aimed at re­duc­ing the amount of glass be­ing placed in the green top bin by res­i­dents,” MRC sus­tain­abil­ity and waste ed­u­ca­tion manager Ge­off Atkin­son said in a re­port to the coun­cil.

Mr Atkin­son said the cam­paign would tar­get up to 170,000 house­holds through fo­cus groups, bin au­dits, stick­ers, fly­ers and ad­ver­tis­ing.

Most gen­eral waste is sent to the Neer­abup Re­source Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity (RRF), but Mr Atkin­son said glass con­tam­i­na­tion re­duced the qual­ity of com­post pro­duced there. He said the fa­cil­ity re­ceived and pro­cessed 100,000 tonnes of gen­eral house­hold waste an­nu­ally, cre­at­ing about 25,000 tonnes of soil con­di­tioner.

“The soil con­di­tioner is of a high qual­ity but due to an ex­ces­sive amount of glass in the process, it does not com­ply with the Aus­tralian Stan­dard, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to mar­ket,” he said.

“Res­i­dents have never been specif­i­cally told not to put glass in the green top bin and have even been told to put bro­ken glass in it.

“This mixed mes­sag­ing and lack of clear di­rec­tion, as well as over­flow glass ‘con­tam­i­na­tion’ from the yel­low top bin, is re­sult­ing in the con­tam­i­na­tion we are experiencing in the green top bin.”

Mr Atkin­son said the cam­paign would tar­get the four mem­ber coun­cils that mainly sent waste to the Neer­abup fa­cil­ity: the cities of Wan­neroo, Joon­dalup and Vin­cent and the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

He said bin au­dits in those ar­eas would help de­ter­mine how much glass went into bins and set a bench­mark to start the cam­paign.

The MRC planned to launch the ‘ no glass’ cam­paign in July, with a peak pro­mo­tion dur­ing sum­mer when peo­ple used the most glass, and fi­nal au­dits of glass in bins and com­post next March. It will also put stick­ers on bins in the four tar­get ar­eas.

Res­i­dents are be­ing urged not to put glass into waste bins.

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