Over 50% of kerbside household waste collected from the Shire of Collie residents is now being diverted from Landfill. This exceeds the Waste Authority’s 2020 target set for regional centres.
The Waste Authority, in its Western Australian Waste Strategy: Creating the Right Environment states:
“Recovery targets for municipal solid waste in the Perth Metropolitan Region are 50% by 2015 and 65% by 2020 and in major regional centres 30% by 2015 and 50% by 2020”
Since the introduction of the third organics bin in April 2016, Collie Shire residents have successfully increased waste recovery to over 50%, with the rate at 53% for the last quarter ending December 2016.
Collie Shire residents are to be congratulated on achieving some of the state’s highest diversion rates with some of the lowest contamination rates. At the last audit, the organics bin contamination rate was just 2.4% and recycling was sitting at 9.4%.
Collie’s organics collection has contributed to the production of over 3,500 tonnes of quality compost which is distributed to agriculture and landscaping industries throughout the region.
Collie’s recycling is transported to the Suez Materials Recovery Facility in Bibra Lake. This Facility processes on average 1500 Tonne of kerbside recycling each month from a number of South West Councils.
The Collie community’s dedication and commitment to the environment is to be commended. The roll out of Collie’s three bin system has been smooth and is clearly achieving positive results. This is due to the resident’s greater understanding of the impact of waste and a willingness to share recycling and recovery messages amongst the community.
Waste Education is provided by the Shire of Collie in conjunction with the Waste Education Officers of the Wellington Waste Group. For further information, please visit the Waste Education website or Facebook page.