Waste Plan sets targets for next four years

Shire of Mundaring has adopted a Waste Plan, endorsing targets to guide waste diversion strategies for the next four years.

The Waste Plan, which was mandated by the State Government's Waste Avoidance and Recovery Act, aims to align local government waste planning processes with the State's Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

Shire of Mundaring Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Throssell, said the Waste Plan would help the Shire stay at the forefront of best practice waste management in Western Australia.

"Primary actions in the plan aim to improve waste diversion targets," he said.

"The primary measures to achieve this are the proposed introduction of a Food Organic and Garden Organic (FOGO) third bin system during 2024 and diverting residual waste from landfill to a waste to energy plant by mid-2024."

Waste diversion targets of 67 per cent by 2025 and 70 per cent by 2030 have been set by the State government. The Shire's overall recovery diversion rate in 2017/18 was 55 per cent, with the Perth Metropolitan average reported as 41 per cent.

In 2019, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council conducted random audits of kerbside general waste bins in the shire to determine the typical waste content.

The audit found that around 30 percent of waste in the kerbside general waste bins included materials that could be recycled and 50 percent of that waste was capable of being processed as FOGO.

Mr Throssell said it was expected that current programs – including the new container deposit scheme – coupled with the introduction of FOGO, would enable the Shire to exceed the 2030 targets.

He welcomed the Waste Plan, saying it also provided an opportunity for the Shire to further engage and educate the community on effective recycling habits to achieve waste reduction and improve waste recovery.

"Ongoing engagement and education will help the Shire to achieve its strategic goal of being a place for sustainable living," he added.

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