Bassendean seeks funding for waste tracking trial

Bassendean seeks funding for waste tracking trial

BASSENDEAN Council has supported an application to seek funding from the Federal Government for a proposed waste tracking project.

Councillors moved the item en-bloc at the May 28 meeting with no debate.

The Town has partnered with Curtin University, the WA Local Government Association, its waste partner Suez and other industry partners to develop the Developing a Smart Resource Tracking System.

The project involves digitally recording and weighing household waste and will seek 1500 households to join the trial.

A mobile app with bar-code technology to collect data on packaging and explore resource flow in households has also been proposed.

It will build on the introduction of the three-bin food organics and garden organics system which will be launched later this year.

If the application is successful, the council will be the first in Australia to launch such a project.

Curtin University staff have identified key performance targets of a five to 10 per cent reduction of waste contamination and 10 per cent improvement in recycling efficiency.

Mayor Renee McLennan, who addressed ratepayers at the start of the meeting, said the project was at the funding application stage and if successful, residents could volunteer to join the project.

“Everybody is becoming increasingly aware of the enormity of the waste problem that our society faces,” she said.

“West Australians produce one of the highest amounts of waste in the whole nation.

“As a Town, we are really committed to making a circular waste economy.”

Cr McLennan said residents could give individual feedback on their own waste generation and to help the council gain a better understanding of waste.

“This would allow us to tailor education programs more specifically and would help residents have valuable information about what they could do,” she said.

“It is a great opportunity for the Town of Bassendean to show leadership in the area of waste management and support the community’s and council’s commitment to minimise waste to landfill, reducing contamination and improving our recycling rates.”

If the Town is successful, work on developing technology will start in the coming months.