Re­cy­cling a re­al­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

RE­CY­CLING is at the top of the agenda for re­gional coun­cils.

Re­gional coun­cils bring col­lec­tives of lo­cal coun­cils to­gether for a broader ap­proach to waste man­age­ment, with the City of South Perth a mem­ber of the Rivers Re­gional Coun­cil (RRC), City of Bel­mont part of the East Metropoli­tan Re­gional Coun­cil (EMRC), and the Town of Vic­to­ria Park part of the Min­darie Re­gional Coun­cil (MRC).

MRC chair­man Russ Fish­wick said his re­gional coun­cil was striv­ing to reach bet­ter waste out­comes for the com­mu­nity and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“The MRC’s vi­sion is one of ‘win­ning back waste’ and as such it pro­motes the man­age­ment of waste to be done as high in the waste hi­er­ar­chy as pos­si­ble, look­ing at land­fill as a last re­sort,” Mr Fish­wick said.

RRC chief ex­ec­u­tive John McNally said it was im­por­tant to have mul­ti­ple coun­cils on the same page when it came to re­cy­cling and waste.

“The RRC coun­cils work­ing to­gether al­lows the pool­ing of knowl­edge and re­sources to man­age waste for the re­gion in a cost­ef­fec­tive way by achiev­ing economies of scale that would not be avail­able to in­di­vid­ual coun­cils,” Mr McNally said.

“A con­sis­tent mes­sage on how and what to di­vert from the waste stream via re­cy­cling also as­sists in the ef­fec­tive­ness of pro­grams and the re­duc­tion of waste.” He said mem­ber coun­cils re­cy­cled about 60,000 tonnes per year, and of the 100,000 tonnes of gen­eral waste sent to the MRC’s Re­source Re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity, 50 per cent was di­verted from land­fill. Go­ing be­yond reg­u­lar coun­cil bor­ders has en­abled re­gional coun­cils such as the EMRC to pro­duce broad re­cy­cling guides for their ar­eas, a bat­tery and com­pact flu­o­res­cent lamps pro­gram, and cre­ate re­source re­cov­ery prod­ucts such as mulch, wood­chip and clay. d471465

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Sharyn Gilles and Dave Tan­ner from Min­darie Re­gional Coun­cil's re­source re­cov­ery pro­gram.

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