Rethink before landfill is full
A NEW environmental campaign is changing the face of the waste conversation by making people look at their waste and what they are putting into landfill.
The Face Your Waste campaign, to be launched by Mindarie Regional Council next week, hopes to encourage a culture of waste minimisation and get people thinking about where their waste goes beyond their rubbish bin.
It is predicted that landfill site Tamala Park will be completely full by 2028, leaving the 200,000 tonnes of rubbish collected from households from Victoria Park to Two Rocks without anywhere to go – or the prospect of having to be redirected to another landfill site in Perth, almost certainly at a higher cost.
“For the average punter, a lot of us don’t know there’s a problem,” Mindarie Regional Council chief executive Gunther Hoppe said.
“It’s out of sight, but there is a real issue that in 10 years this landfill site will be full. We want to create awareness that what we generate does cause a problem.
“For so long recycling has been the answer to waste and it’s great rather than seeing waste going into landfill. Now we want people to look at their recycling bin and think how can we reduce what’s in there.”
His biggest tip for householders: reduce packaging, because “we buy too much packaging.”
The Tamala Park facility, which is near Mindarie, processes rubbish from households in seven local government areas: Wanneroo, Joondalup, Stirling, Perth, Vincent, Cambridge and Victoria Park.
Mr Hoppe accepted there would always be some material that would end up in landfill but ideally the best thing was to not create waste in the first place.
“The first thing people can do is not generate waste. Be particular about where you buy and how you buy – don’t use plastic bags, take your own bags, don’t buy things in packaging,” he said.
“The second step would be if you do have plastic and glass packaging, reuse it or repurpose it at home first.
“Use glass jars for making jam, or decorate them to use as pencil holders, before you consider putting them in the recycling bin.”