City of Wanneroo residents blind to where waste ends up says survey

General waste being processed at the Neerabup composting facility.
General waste being processed at the Neerabup composting facility.

MOST City of Wanneroo residents do not know where their rubbish goes, according to a recent survey.

The City ran the survey to help form its draft Strategic Waste Management Plan, asking people where their domestic bin rubbish, junk and green waste verge collections went.

Of the nearly 650 respondents, 379 believed waste from their green bin was taken to landfill and only 43 identified the Resource Recovery Facility in Neerabup as the correct destination.

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The highest response was “not sure” in three of the five questions and only one question was correctly answered by the majority of respondents.

Councillors endorsed the draft plan and its release for public comment at the August 16 meeting, with Cr Dot Newton commenting on the survey results.

“It was really interesting to see just how much they understand about what happens,” she said.

Cr Domenic Zappa praised the plan and its identification of education as key to reducing waste.

“This is one of the most clear and comprehensive documents before council in recent times in waste management,” he said.

It aims to promote effective and efficient waste management, reduce the City’s ecological footprint and take a partnership approach with community and industry. A report by the City said once adopted, the plan would provide a framework of priorities for improved waste management practices and service delivery.

“These actions are designed to divert waste from landfill and improve recycling practices,” it said.

Priorities for the next five years are to undertake and analyse regular bin composition audits, reduce waste to landfill by 65 per cent by 2020, measure service effectiveness, research future waste solutions and increase community awareness. The City will carry out detailed reviews, including the option to provide residents with bulk waste bins on demand.

The draft plan is available for public comment after which it will return to council in October for endorsement.