Collie is leading the way in waste management, as one of only eight local governments in Western Australia that have introduced the third organics bin.
This initiative has seen a 50 per cent reduction in waste going to landfill and is one of the reasons the Shire of Collie was nominated for the Avoid-Recover-Protect Waste Management award at the upcoming Infinity Awards.
Shire Chief Executive Officer David Blurton said it was a fantastic outcome to be recognised for the hard work and commitment the Shire and community have demonstrated.
“Collie is well ahead of the game as the vast majority of metropolitan Councils are only now considering introducing organics recycling services in their communities,” Mr Blurton said.
“We are one of the few local governments that are on track to meet the waste recovery targets of 50 per cent by 2020 set by the WA Waste Authority.”
More recently, the Shire of Collie has encouraged the support of soft plastic recycling at local primary schools and other locations, as well as committing to reducing the consumption of single-use plastics in Shire buildings and Shire-run events.
Provision has also been made for other recycling initiatives including battery and globe recycling, household hazardous waste and electronic waste.
Shire President Sarah Stanley said waste management was a major issue, not only for the Shire of Collie, but across the globe.
“Effective waste diversion and recovery is an important part of protecting our natural environment and also plays a part in prolonging the life of the Shire’s waste facility,” Cr Stanley said.
“The more waste we can divert away from landfill the better, through reducing consumption, reusing resources and recycling properly.”
For more information, contact Waste Education Officer Christine Szostak on 9734 9000 or visit the Shire’s website.