A comment on the Stirling Times’ Facebook page left by a concerned resident about the loss of valuables after accidentally throwing them out and being told by staff they had not recycled rubbish for months prompted the Times to find out where the council stood with waste management. The concerned resident said she contacted a worker at the City and was told everything went to landfill because of an upgrade at its recycling facility.
City of Stirling director of infrastructure Geoff Eves said while this was correct, the situation regarding landfill was not permanent.
‘The planned refurbishment of the Atlas Facility has been delayed well beyond what was expected due to some, as yet unspecified, circumstances and it is unknown if the facility, which is now out of contract, will be recommissioned,’ he said,
‘The City is seeking advice from the owner, the Atlas Group, and is still strongly committed to recycling as part of the Mindarie Regional Council.
‘We are looking at all opportunities, including a view to participating in initiatives announced recently by the waste authority ” the better bins pilot system.
‘This may take the form of a two-bin system, depending upon council endorsement.’
Mr Eves also said the City had an agreement for providing up to 22,000 tonnes of household waste to the new Anaeco facility in Shenton Park, which was due to start taking the City’s waste soon.
‘The plant is in the commissioning process and will be taking the City’s waste within the next few weeks,’ he said. ‘The current temporary situation should take nothing away from the City’s excellent track record in recycling, where over the past 10 years we have achieved at least 65 per cent recycling of domestic waste through our single-bin system.’