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Waste education tours

Schools and community groups within the City of Rockingham are able to visit the Millar Road Landfill Facility to learn some practical knowledge on what happens to waste and recycling, and its effects on the environment. This tour better equips people to make the correct decision on placing waste into the correct bin, littering and consumption habits. The Ken James Waste Education Centre allows for a safe and flexible learning environment.

All tours are subject to availability and bookings are essential. They operate all year round, except for public holidays. The program is free of charge and includes return bus transport (within the City).

For more information please contact the Waste Education Officer on 9528 8550 or customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

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Waste education for home

The City provides an annual Bin Collection Flyer which contains all of the basic information on waste services for the home. For more information on reducing your waste and improving recycling download the Recycling and waste disposal tips for home (below).

Other recycling opportunities

Around the home sometimes people are faced with items that can’t be recycled in the yellow lidded recycling bin, for example mattresses, e-waste, spectacles and clothing. An alternative recycling opportunity may exist for these items. Please contact Waste Services on 9528 8550 or visit the Recycling Near You website.

City of Rockingham residents share their waste reducing tips for home

Christmas and New Year’s celebrations see us consume more than usual and with consumption comes waste. City of Rockingham residents send around 12% more waste to landfill during this time, in comparison to the rest of the year.
 
There are many simple ways at home we can reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. Often the best solution is avoidance. The City's residents share their waste reducing ideas for home in the Waste Reduction Tips from City residents (below).

Waste Wise Schools Program

The Waste Wise Schools program is run through the Waste Authority, and offers WA schools the opportunity to develop smarter waste practices through the “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” principle. The program is free to Western Australian schools and provides great support and resources to teachers with activities linked to the WA Curriculum. Schools also have the opportunity to apply for grants towards their Waste Wise activities.
For further information please visit the Waste Wise Schools website.

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Bin Tagging Program

Aimed at improving waste and recycling disposal habits, the City's pilot Bin Tagging program targeted 450 houses over three areas of Rockingham, Baldivis and Port Kennedy at the start of 2016. An additional 300 houses were tagged in Harrington Waters and Warnbro at the end of 2016. A visual inspection of the waste and recycling bin resulted in either a sad or a smiley face tag being placed on the bin.
 
The program originated in South Australia and saw a 60% reduction of contamination in the recycling bin. Supported by the Waste Authority, the program is now run across the metropolitan area.

During the pilot, a third and final inspection found that 22 properties were still grossly contaminating their recycling bins. Round two revealed 17 properties, however this number dropped to four after a warning letter was issued. These properties will be managed over the coming weeks to improve their recycling.

The biggest issues of contamination were:

  1. Soft plastics like; chip packets, plastic bags and cereal box liners
  2. Bagging recyclables with plastic bags
  3. Textiles (rags, clothing, towels etc) and lawn clippings were also a common problem but posed more of an issue for the Material Recovery Facility than the soft plastics.

Number of recycling bins with no contamination:

Area Tag Week 1 Tag Week 2 Percentage
Rockingham 45 69 54% increase
Baldivis 42 64 52% increase
Port Kennedy 32 43 34% increase
Harrington Waters (Waikiki) 49 59 20% increase
Warnbro 52 68 31% increase

The number of households in the second week with no contamination increased dramatically, showing that residents were either motivated by the prizes on offer or were educated by the tags. An overall increase of 38% of households in the tagging areas improved their recycling habits during the program.

The next Bin Tagging inspections will commence in 2017.

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