Three-bin boost for re­cy­cling

Kwinana Courier - - News -

NEW data has re­vealed the City of Rockingham’s three­bin col­lec­tion sys­tem is hav­ing a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, with the City nearly dou­bling its re­cov­ery rate in the past year.

In mid-2017, the City up­graded its waste col­lec­tion ser­vice to in­clude re­cy­cling, waste and green waste bins. About 50,000 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties were in­volved in the roll­out.

The lat­est fig­ures in­di­cate that since making the change, the City has im­proved its re­cov­ery rate from 24 per cent to 47 per cent, mean­ing nearly dou­ble the amount of waste is avoid­ing land­fill.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sam­mels thanked the com­mu­nity for their in­volve­ment in making the sys­tem a suc­cess.

“The roll­out of the three-bin sys­tem has played a sub­stan­tial role in our com­mu­nity im­prov­ing the way it dis­poses of waste,” he said.

“By nearly dou­bling our re­cov­ery rate, we have kept nearly 26,000 tonnes of re­cy­clable or com­postable ma­te­rial out of land­fill.

“The State Gov­ern­ment has set a re­cov­ery rate target of 65 per cent by 2020 so it is vi­tal we con­tinue to sort our waste into the right bins.”

Correct dis­posal of re­cy­cling and green waste helps to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions while the green waste orig­i­nally sent to land­fill is now be­ing cap­tured for mulching.

The roll­out of the three bin sys­tem was high­lighted by an in­crease in the size of the re­cy­cling bin to 360 litres and a new 240 litre green waste bin.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://rockingham. wa.gov.au/Ser­vices/Rub­bish-and-re­cy­clingser­vices.

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