City of Canning proposes plan to cut landfill

Landfill garbage waste dumped in the rubbish dump site.
Landfill garbage waste dumped in the rubbish dump site.

CITY of Canning councillors want to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

The City currently sends 31,320 tonnes of material to landfill each year.

At last week’s ordinary council meeting, councillors unanimously voted for City officers to investigate and report on ways to cut waste collection costs and reduce landfill later this year.

Councillor Pauline Tarrant moved that the City explore the viability of a tip shop and a repair centre and to identify suitable community partners for these projects.

Cr Tarrant said the City’s annual delivery of waste to landfill included 2800 tonnes of hard waste collected during the twice-yearly verge collections.

“This is at great financial and environmental cost,” she said.

“In order to cut costs and reduce landfill, a tip shop can be used where people are able to drop off large and small items which can be sold to generate funds for the local community.”

Cr Tarrant said many items disposed of at the City’s waste transfer station or during hard waste collections still had useful life.

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