City of Bayswater investigates forming own waste management group after pulling out of project

City of Bayswater investigates forming own waste management group after pulling out of project

AFTER pulling out from the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council’s (EMRC) Resource Recovery Project, Bayswater council has requested a officer report on forming a waste management working group.

At last night’s council meeting, Mayor Dan Bull’s motion to request chief executive Andrew Brien to prepare a report outlining the process for establishment of a working group to investigate all aspects of waste management and recycling was passed unanimously.

The council will consider the report at the May council meeting.

Cr Bull said the council needed to determine how waste was managed in the future, following key decisions from the EMRC and Mindarie Regional Council.

“Having a working group of this nature, I think will help to brainstorm how best to co-ordinate that and also thinking about how we can get the community more involved in the decision making process,” he said.

“Particularly looking at wanting to look at strategies to minimise waste and potentially move towards a goal of a zero waste district.”

Cr Lorna Clarke said education, composting options and grassroots initiatives would help with declining waste compliance levels at household levels.

“To the average resident out there, they just want to see their bin collected, they don’t want to have to think about it any further,” she said.

“I think it is really important that we actually start to as a council look at these things at a macro level and how it impacts our finances.”

Cr Barry McKenna, one of the City’s EMRC representatives, said the EMRC would consider any requests that the City put forward on a regional basis.

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