Big trash recycled from tip

Recycle trial: Some 1450 mattresses were recovered to avoid landfill.
Recycle trial: Some 1450 mattresses were recovered to avoid landfill.

The council will meet in Joondalup on Thursday to consider the report and extending the three-month trial at the Tamala Park facility that started last October and cost more than $64,000.

‘Currently kerbside pick-ups are disposed of in landfill,’ the report said.

‘In October 2012, a trial was initiated to recover recyclables from the tipface, which has been very successful.’

According to the report, costs included hiring equipment, fuel costs and the disposal of 1450 mattresses.

They were offset by revenue earned from selling 212 tonnes of steel (worth $36,255) and recovering $6342 of the State landfill levy.

The trial also reduced the amount of airspace filled in Tamala Park’s third and final hole by 868 cubic metres, valued at almost $74,000, although the benefit would only be realised at the end of the landfill’s life.

‘The initial scheme was intended to recover bulky items like scrap metal, mattresses, timber, toys and e-waste from the landfill,’ it said.

‘However the volume of metal and mattresses alone being salvaged has meant that there has not been enough resources to recover any other recyclable items.’

MRC has continued the trial into 2013, after finding it had several benefits including improving employee morale, and will seek the council members’ endorsement for $49,900 in the half-yearly budget review.

‘If the scheme continues to be successful, consideration must be made to making it permanent,’ the report said. ‘Additional resources will be required to support the trial if it was made permanent, which would include the purchasing of an excavator ($187,000), another two hooklift bins ($14,500) and employing an additional plant operator ($70,000).

‘While the program would operate at a cash loss of $231,076 annually, it supports the MRC’s overall strategic objective to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill and will extend the life of the landfill.

‘Based on the pilot project, it is likely that the MRC’s waste diversion rate would be improved by 0.5 per cent.’ MRC member councils will consider the report at the City of Joondalup from 5.30pm on March 7.