Di­verted from land­fill

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page -

A MOUN­TAIN of waste was di­verted from land­fill dur­ing the City of Wan­neroo’s re­cent drop-off event, in­clud­ing about 1000 tyres.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said sta­tis­tics from the two-day “Des­tash your trash” week­end held at the Ashby Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre in Fe­bru­ary saved al­most 30 tonnes of waste go­ing to land­fill.

“Res­i­dents from 34 of the City’s 36 sub­urbs took the op­por­tu­nity to drop off their un­wanted goods for free, know­ing they would all be ei­ther re-used or re­cy­cled,” she said.

Mrs Roberts said the City col­lected about 1000 tyres, weigh­ing 11.66 tonnes, dur­ing the event.

“If these tyres were stacked on top of each other, they would reach over 200m tall – about the same height as Perth’s tallest build­ing, Cen­tral Park,” she said.

“By bring­ing in their tyres to be re­cy­cled, res­i­dents were able to save 1500kg of steel, 500kg of tex­tile and 7000kg of rub­ber from be­ing sent to land­fill.”

Res­i­dents also dropped off 5.32 tonnes of card­board and poly­styrene, which would have filled at least 220 yel­low-top re­cy­cling bins.

They also dropped off 7.7 tonnes of e-waste, which the mayor said was “about the same weight as an African ele­phant”.

“These items will be man­u­ally dis­as­sem­bled by To­tal Green Re­cy­cling, where about 95 per cent of com­po­nents can be re­cov­ered and sold for re­pro­cess­ing into new prod­ucts,” she said.

Peo­ple also took 4.8 tonnes of clothes to the col­lec­tion, which would have filled 110 hatch­back car boots.

“The drop-off event was another step in the right di­rec­tion for the City’s goal of achiev­ing a 65 per cent diver­sion rate by 2020,” Mrs Roberts said.

“Res­i­dents still need­ing to re­spon­si­bly dis­pose of their waste can drop off their e-waste, bulky poly­styrene, card­board and cloth­ing for free all year round to Ta­mala Park or Bal­catta re­cy­cling cen­tres.

“Wangara Greens Re­cy­cling Cen­tre also ac­cepts bulk card­board for re­cy­cling on week­ends; cloth­ing can be donated to your lo­cal char­ity store.”

Main pic: Some of the e-waste. In­set: Heaps of tyres.

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