Mindarie Regional Council booth impresses at Waste and Recycling Conference in Fremantle


Environment Minister Albert Jacob with MRC chairman Russ Fishwick.
Mindarie Regional Council booth impresses at Waste and Recycling Conference in Fremantle
Environment Minister Albert Jacob with MRC chairman Russ Fishwick.

NORTHERN suburbs waste authority Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) won the ‘best booth’ award at this year’s Waste and Recycling Conference in Fremantle.

This year, MRC set up its booth as a mini tip shop, using items from its Tamala Park shop.

The shop is a growing part of the MRC business with 36,000 transactions totalling more than $400,000 in 2015-16 .

Chairman and City of Joondalup councillor Russ Fishwick said the facility had long been regarded as a good example of establishments promoting reuse and repair, and keeping useful items out of landfill.

“The conference display showcased to the industry the valuable nature of tip shops in keeping useful household items from going to landfill,” he said.

“The items sold at the tip shop are in fact not rubbish they are simply things that people no longer wanted.

“Most of these items if they were placed out as part of a bulk verge collection would end up in landfill.”

The Tamala Park Tip Shop and Recycling Centre is open 8am to 4.45pm, seven days a week for drop offs.

People can shop at the facility four days a week, from Friday to Monday.No glass award

Environment Minister Albert Jacob visited Mindarie Regional Council’s (MRC) resource recovery facility in Neerabup to recognise its Infinity Award win.

The council won the award in September for its ‘No glass’ campaign to discourage residents from putting glass in green lid general waste bins.

The campaign centred around placing 170,000 stickers on bins in the cities of Joondalup, Wanneroo and Vincent plus Town of Victoria Park to reduce glass fragments in the compost produced at the Neerabup facility.

The compost, produced from the contents of the green-lidded general waste bins, is used in a number of commercial applications including the rehabilitation of pastures burnt during the Waroona bushfires earlier this year.

It is also being used on the Mitchell Freeway extension project between Burns Beach Road and Hester Avenue.

“It is especially welcoming to see the campaign winning the local government category of the Infinity Awards as it formally recognises the benefits of engaging with the community, through education, to improve the efficiencies of infrastructure,” MRC chairman Russ Fishwick said.

“It is important that residents stay engaged with the campaign to keep glass out of the green top bin to ensure that good quality compost continues to be produced and beneficially used.”

The minister visited the facility on October 19 to present the award to Cr Fishwick.