Op­por­tu­nity not wasted

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

UP to 200 tonnes of un­wanted verge col­lec­tion goods, in­clud­ing wash­ing ma­chines, TVS and car­pets, will avoid land­fill be­cause of a new waste con­tract agreed at Cottes­loe Coun­cil re­cently.

“The com­pany has sug­gested that by tak­ing all the ma­te­ri­als to their sort­ing fa­cil­ity, they could achieve di­ver­sion rates as high as 80 per cent,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said.

Ris­ing tip fees in­tro­duced by all state gov­ern­ments are putting pres­sure on coun­cils to en­sure as much bulk, gen­eral and green wastes are re­cov­ered, re­cy­cled or used as pos­si­ble so costs are not passed on to res­i­dents in rates.

Mr Hum­frey said the new con­tract with Malaga-based West Tip Waste Con­trol would save $31,390 dur­ing its 16 months be­cause the 200 tonnes from verge col­lec­tions was not be­ing put into land­fill.

The sys­tem at the West Tip's plant dumps all rub­bish in a re­ceiv­ing shed, get­ting rid of non­con­form­ing items, be­fore over­sized items are taken out by front end load­ers.

The sub­se­quent sep­a­ra­tion process uses vi­brat­ing screens, den­sity sep­a­ra­tors, mag­nets and pick­ing ar­eas to sort and clean as many items as pos­si­ble for re­use and re­cy­cling, in­stead of send­ing it to dumps. Mr Hum­frey said there would be no changes to res­i­dents putting waste “neatly” on verges be­fore gen­eral, bulk and green waste col­lec­tions.

MOS­MAN PARK JEW­ELLERY by Tif­fany’s, Kates­pade and Pan­dora was among valu­ables worth $11,500 taken from a Som­er­set Cres­cent home be­tween 9am and 7pm on June 29.

Sergeant Paul Gelmi said a back win­dow at the home was smashed, The thieves also took a hand­bag, mar­tial arts knives, climb­ing equip­ment and watches.

■ Po­lice are warn­ing res­i­dents to re­move valu­ables from cars af­ter a se­ries of five break-ins of ve­hi­cles in the Bound­ary Road area dur­ing the af­ter­noon of July 2. Sgt Gelmi said most of the thefts were mi­nor items but there had been other thefts from cars re­cently in Mos­man Park. Of­fi­cers held a com­mu­nity aware­ness

ses­sion at Coles, Mos­man Park to high­light the is­sue last Fri­day.

WEST LEED­ERVILLE

A THIEF tar­geted a Holden Com­modore parked in Cam­bridge Street overnight on June 29. Se­nior Sergeant Rachel Greene said the thief smashed the Com­modore’s rear win­dow.

A set of jump leads was taken from the ve­hi­cle.

CLARE­MONT

VE­HI­CLE li­cense plates were taken by thieves in the Hun­gry Jack’s carpark.

Sgt Greene said the plates were taken from a Hyundai be­tween 1pm and 5pm on June 5.

The plates were not re­ported to have been used in any other

crime late last week.

NEDLANDS BUR­GLARS stole a Wi-fi sys­tem af­ter searching a cof­fee shop on Car­ring­ton Street be­tween July 1 and July 7.

“They went into the mez­za­nine area and rum­maged through cup­boards,” Sgt Greene said.

The Wi-fi sys­tem of an undis­closed value was taken.

SU­BI­ACO

A BIKE chain and lock did not stop thieves on Dublin Street be­tween 9pm on July 3 and 1am the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

“They used a bolt cut­ter to cut through the lock and chain,” Sgt Greene said.

The bike that was taken was a turquoise-coloured Trek model.

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