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MORE res­i­dents in Campaspe are con­cerned with their im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment, a Campaspe Shire sur­vey has found.

The most re­cent Waste in Campaspe — Know, Ed­u­cate, Do ( WICKED) sur­vey asked 211 res­i­dents about their at­ti­tudes to­ward waste and the en­vi­ron­ment and found more than three­quar­ters — or 81 per cent — of those who re­sponded are con­cerned about the state of the en­vi­ron­ment.

This is up 11 per cent from last year and some­thing Campaspe Shire Mayor Adrian We­ston said shows across the sur­vey, with waste to land­fill re­duced by 4.1 per cent in the past 12 months.

An­other im­pres­sive rise was the use of re­us­able shop­ping bags. With the ma­jor su­per­mar­kets mov­ing away from sin­gle-use plas­tic bags, there was a 53 per cent in­crease in sur­vey re­spon­dents us­ing their own bags at the check­out.

Mayor Adrian We­ston said the WICKED sur­vey pro­vides a cross-sec­tion of the com­mu­nity’s be­hav­iours and at­ti­tudes.

‘‘The sur­vey pro­vides coun­cil with valu­able in­for­ma­tion on the com­mu­nity’s knowl­edge, at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iours to­wards waste and the en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Cr We­ston said.

Now in its fifth year the WICKED sur­vey

The sur­vey pro­vides coun­cil with valu­able in­for­ma­tion on the com­mu­nity’s knowl­edge, at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iours to­wards waste and the en­vi­ron­ment.’

con­cludes the five-year Waste and En­vi­ron­ment Be­hav­iour Change Pro­gram.

Cr We­ston said the sur­vey re­sults will as­sist the de­vel­op­ment of the next five-year pro­gram, which is set to launch next year. Fu­ture pro­grams will fo­cus heav­ily on where knowl­edge gaps ex­ist and where pos­i­tive be­hav­iour change can be im­proved.

‘‘In­for­ma­tion ob­tained from the sur­vey will as­sist coun­cil in iden­ti­fy­ing pri­or­i­ties and plan­ning fu­ture pro­grams,’’ Cr We­ston said.

Other key find­ings of the sur­vey in­clude:

74 per cent of house­holds al­ways use the cold wa­ter cy­cle when wash­ing clothes;

94 per cent of house­holds use their own bags when shop­ping (53 per cent on last year);

53 per cent of house­holds ac­tively con­serve en­ergy, wa­ter or gas in the home; ■ 78 per cent of peo­ple use pub­lic re­cy­cle bins; ■ 8 per cent less peo­ple are dis­pos­ing of food waste in their house­hold waste bins;

11 per cent more house­holds are us­ing a home com­post or worm farm for food waste;

9 per cent of peo­ple claim to know what items can and can’t go in the re­cy­cle bin;

68 per cent of peo­ple re­cy­cle even if it takes ad­di­tional ef­fort;

More than three-quar­ters (81 per cent) of peo­ple use one of coun­cil’s trans­fer sta­tion;

53 per cent of peo­ple know how to re­port some­one who is lit­ter­ing or il­le­gally dump­ing their waste (6 per cent more than last year).

‘‘It’s pleas­ing to see the WICKED pro­gram is pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive re­sults and the com­mu­nity is con­grat­u­lated,’’ Cr We­ston said.

The full re­port of the sur­vey is avail­able at campaspe.vic.gov.au

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