Mindarie Regional Council wins state award for ‘no glass’ campaign

Mindarie Regional Council wins state award for ‘no glass’ campaign

NOTHERN suburbs waste management council Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) has won a state award for its ‘no glass’ campaign.

The MRC won the local government category at WA’s Inifinity Awards, announced at today’s Waste and Recycle 2016 Conference.

It started the ‘no glass’ campaign in late 2015 to prevent glass contamination in general waste bins because rubbish from those is turned into compost at the Neerabup resource recovery facility.

Since then, participating member councils – the cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Vincent plus Town of Victoria Park – have achieved a reduction in glass contamination of between 42 and 54 per cent.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the awards recognised projects that helped change people’s behaviour around waste and recycling.

“The Infinity Awards reflect the passion and inventiveness of waste reduction and recycling projects that inform and inspire the wider community,” he said.

“The diverse entries this year show the value of efforts made by schools, community groups, businesses and government to reduce waste.

“While the State’s performance has improved recently, we can still do better when it comes to recycling.”

Visit www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au .

QUICK FACT: About 1.4 tonnes of waste went to landfill in 2014-15 for each person in WA – equivalent to the weight of a compact car.