Southern suburbs councils best at recycling

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COCKBURN, East Fremantle and Fremantle have been named in the top five recycling performers in Perth.

According to the MyCouncil website, the Town of East Fremantle and City of Cockburn lead the way with 61 per cent of material recovered from waste collected in 2017-18, while the City of Fremantle sits fifth with 54 per cent.

Cockburn waste education officer Nicki Ledger said they were “delighted” to be named the equal top recycler in WA.

“We would like to thank our community for its dedication to separating waste correctly,” she said.

“Our residents and businesses have really risen to the challenge in recent years and it is great to see such positive results.”

East Fremantle mayor Jim O’Neill said they believed they still had a way to go.

“It’s important to keep delivering the message, people often get confused what they can and can’t recycle,” he said.

“Hopefully with implementation of the FOGO three bin system the rate of recycling will go up even more.”

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said being in the top five was a great result for the City but that they would strive to be better.

“As a One Planet council we have a target of achieving a 70 per cent community recycling rate by 2020, so while ranking in the top five is a terrific outcome there’s still room for improvement,” he said.

“Later this year we’ll be rolling out the new Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) three-bin waste management system, which will see food scraps and garden waste recycled to produce high quality compost.

“The introduction of FOGO will see our overall waste diversion rate improve even further, which will mean less landfill and reduced processing costs.”

Top Recycling Performers

East Fremantle & Cockburn: 61%

Melville: 60%

Joondalup: 55%

Fremantle: 54%

Wanneroo: 53%

Nedlands: 52%

Cottesloe: 50%

Stirling: 47%

Vincent: 46%