Our environment is at the top of the list when the community answers the question – What do you love about Mandurah?
This is why the Council voted last night to phase out single-use plastics by the City of Mandurah. As part of this plan the City will engage local businesses in an opt-in campaign to reduce the use of single-use plastics across Mandurah.
“In bringing the Notion of Motion I recognise that Mandurah is already a leader in environmental protection, but we can do more,” said Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.
“Every piece of plastic that has ever been made still exists, so how can we not support a single use plastic free future? We have the most beautiful waterways as well as an abundance of environmental assets and we have to protect them.
“The impact of our behaviour in our community affects us on a global scale. If we start making small changes at home, in our businesses, and within our community the impact is immense.
“By phasing out single-use plastics across our organisation, and providing an opt-in opportunity for local business to engage in their own plastics reduction efforts, we are role modelling to our community the actions required to keep our local environment strong and healthy.
“The credit for this motion must really go to the students from Mandurah Baptist College.
“On their return from a national Kids Teaching Kids conference (attendance made possible by a scholarship from the City of Mandurah) the young people addressed Council. Their passion for the environment and their clarity on the dangers that plastics present for our environment was inspirational – they were the real drivers of this idea,” he said.
“This motion is another example of a citizen-led initiative – I encourage all of the community to have their say, and I can assure you all there will be many opportunities to do so as we move forward with a new vision for Mandurah,” the Mayor said.
This new initiative is in line with a range of other initiatives aimed at greening our environmental footprint. These include:
Fortnightly kerbside recycling service
Recycling of waste at the Waste Management centre, which includes green waste, scrap metal, cardboard, waste oil, car batteries, mattresses e-waste, household batteries, compact fluorescent globes, gas bottles, paint, etc.
Recycling of construction and demolition waste
The City’s waste contractor, Cleanaway employs a full time Recycling Education Officer (REO) to implement the City’s Bin Tagging program. The program entails the REO conducting a random audit of the contents of waste and recycling bins within the City and providing feedback to residents through the use of bin stickers, brochures and letters on correct recycling practices
The City is also about to introduce a new recycling service where residents will be able to recycle 1 car battery and 5 litres of oil and place these items on the kerbside adjacent to their recycling bin for collection at no cost.
On an even bigger scale the City of Mandurah has formed a partnership with the Rivers Regional Council to build a waste to energy plant in Kwinana.
The City currently sends approximately 43,000 tonnes of general municipal waste per annum to landfill. The new plant will process this quantity of waste and convert it into electrical energy, which will be returned to the Western Power grid in Kwinana for re-use. The City currently recycles/recovers approximately 25% of its waste stream through its existing recycling services and this will increase to around 85% with the new Energy plant.
The facility, which will be the first of its kind in Australia, will be able to process 400,000 tonnes of waste a year.