West Perth residents take on Face Your Waste trial

Kingsway Gardens resident William Mickelberg, City of Perth Chair of Commissioners Eric Lumsden and Kingsway Gardens caretaker Pam Van Effrink.
Kingsway Gardens resident William Mickelberg, City of Perth Chair of Commissioners Eric Lumsden and Kingsway Gardens caretaker Pam Van Effrink.

KINGSWAY Gardens residents volunteered to take part in the Face Your Waste campaign, but they have been facing it for some time now.

The Mindarie Regional Council campaign swaps out wheelie bins with clear ones so residents can compare how much they send to landfill and recycle.

For the West Perth residents on Kings Park Road, it was another step in their own campaign to reduce, re-use, recycle and steer as much as they could away from the tip.

Behind the 75-unit complex is a chook pen with five chickens, a vegetable patch and two compost bins.

Resident Amy Mickelberg said residents had always tried to adopt sustainability initiatives.

“We’ve got a battery recycle station and a Nespresso pod collection because we noticed that a lot of people are ordering those and they’re aluminium and we didn’t realise that they could be recycled,” she said.

She said a “shared zone” in the foyer was a place for residents to leave books and other items they were finished with.

“People might bring down a lamp they no longer want but it’s too good to throw out, so it gets re-used,” she said.

Ms Mickelberg said the clear bins “started a conversation” about waste and recyclables.

“I think the clear bins has helped in stopping people putting the wrong thing in the bins; it is clear the recycle goes in the yellow top bins and the landfill goes in the red lid bin,” she said.

“With people thinking about their waste they are engaging with other residents.”

City of Perth Chair of Commissioners Eric Lumsden said involvement in the two-week trial of clear bins aligned well with priorities in the City of Perth’s Strategic Community Plan, including waste avoidance and maximising recycling.

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