BASSENDEAN Mayor John Gangell says a new recycling tender and waste education program helps the Town sustain the environment for future generations and protect wildlife.
On July 1 Suez Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd took over the Town’s recycling and waste collection services for a five year period.
The Town provided weekly general waste and fortnightly yellow top recycling bin service.
The Town also provided on-request obsolete fridge and freezer collections, annual green waste verge collections, free television and computer recycling at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility, and free recycling of batteries and lamps at the Bassendean Memorial Library or the Bassendean Customer Service Centre.
An education program developed by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council was in place for schools, organisations and residents to create sustainable behaviour change by adopting the mantra reduce, reuse, recycle and recover.
Councillor Gangell said everyone played a part to improve sustainability in the environment.
“As individuals, we can reduce or limit the waste created in the first place, where possible reuse the materials and recycle products,” he said.
“Reduce, reuse and recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals, saves energy, reduces pollution and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.”
Part of the 2017-18 draft budget which was passed at the July 10 special meeting, included $10,000 towards a schools waste education program, $30,000 for a waste management survey and $5000 to be joint funded by council, Suez and Hawaiian for a reusable shopping bag program.