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