Less waste to landfill, but we still need to recycle more

By Helene Fung

West Australians have been making an effort to recycle more and send less to landfill – that’s the encouraging news coming out of two Waste Authority reports today; the 2015-16 Census of Local Government Waste and Recycling Services and the Recycling Activity in Western Australia 2015-16 report.

According to data in the two reports, commercial/industrial and construction/demolition sectors have been doing most of the heavy-lifting, with waste recycling percentages increasing in 2015-16 at 56% and 57% respectively.

The results show households, each on average generating 28 kg of waste per week, need to do more for the environment.

Recycling rate in the municipal waste sector fell to 36% in the Perth metropolitan region for the year, significantly below the 50% target.

However, the Census confirmed that the three-bin systems, which include a dedicated yellow bin for recycling, outperformed two-bin kerbside collection systems.

“It’s encouraging to see that three-bin systems funded through the $20 million Better Bins program are proving to be an effective way of improving kerbside recycling rates,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.

“There are significant gains to be made by improving the performance of kerbside recovery systems and I encourage local governments to apply for Better Bins program funding.”

Picture Courtesy: EMRC

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