THE Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) is leading the way in sustainability, with a proactive approach to environmental management.
The council, which handles waste and environmental management for six member councils including the City of Swan, City of Kalamunda and the Shire of Mundaring, became one of the first organisations in Australia to progress regional environmental management under the global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals framework.
As well as recycling products, the council purchased portable water stations for use by the member councils to reduce the need for disposable water bottles.
Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the EMRC worked hard to reduce, re-use, recycle and recover resources.
“The City of Swan works closely with the EMRC, not just through waste collection, but through joint education programs and recycling initiatives and is also part of the EMRC’s management,” he said.
“Some of these education and recycling initiatives include working with the EMRC to engage and educate residents on how to reduce, reuse and recycle and educational tours of the Red Hill Wwaste management facility.
“The timber recycling facility and new bulk waste sorting facility, both in Hazelmere, are also operating well and are very valuable to the City and its residents.
“Also in Hazelmere is the new partially completed Pyrolysis facility, which will convert timber waste into energy for industrial use.
“A prime EMRC focus at the moment is the next phase of the Resource Recovery Project, which will take the overall recovery and recycling for Swan and others to another level in the near future.”
The EMRC has a A-Z waste guide, which offers tips on what can and cannot be recycled and is available from www.rgang.org.au.