You may have visited this website, because you received a tag on your bin giving you some feedback about your recycling practices at home.
Waste management is one of the major essential services the Shire of Collie provides to the community. Waste Management encompasses a broad range of activities that stretch far beyond the traditional stereotype of rubbish trucks and local tips.
Recycling has long played an integral role in Councils waste management strategy and recycling habits are now firmly entrenched in the routines of most households within the community.
Recycling has the potential to greatly reduce the amount of money Councils spend on waste management; savings which would ultimately be passed onto ratepayers.
However, when these services are not used correctly, it increases the overall cost of providing these services.
The Shire of Collie is working with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) to roll out a ‘bin auditing’ program.
The program involves a simple visual assessment of the contents of each household’s general waste and recycling bin, followed by the provision of individual feedback about how each household can recycle more and waste less. The feedback will be provided in the form of tags attached to the bins’ handles.
One of the reasons for the program’s success is that while the community’s attitude and enthusiasm towards recycling is generally very good, a simple lack of knowledge about what is and isn’t recyclable can cause some confusion. The program directly addresses this barrier by reminding us what can and can’t go into recycling bins.
This Program is funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.
Why is bin tagging important?
What the bin auditing program demonstrates is that these costs can be avoided when Councils work in partnership with their communities in a practical way to achieve behavior change.
Most importantly, these partnerships reduce the impact of households’ daily habits on the environment, the positive effects of which will be felt for generations to come.
If you would like to talk to to someone about your bin tag please call the Shire of Collie on 9734 9000 or the Waste Education Team at Watch your Waste on 9711 1053.