Starting on April 19th, the processing of collected household recyclables will commence at the Newman Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in a trial designed to gauge the feasibility of operating the facility for the long term.
"Our aim at the Shire of East Pilbara is to minimise the waste to our landfill and so we are appealing to our residents to make sure their household recyclable material is disposed of correctly - in the yellow bins," said Shire President Lynne Craigie.
"The amount of waste diverted from landfill relies on us all making sure we place the right recyclable items in the recycling bin. Current contamination from yellow bins is 75%. We need your help to reverse this and reduce it to less than 25%.
"With your help, we can improve the Shire of East Pilbara’s waste management through recycling. This means working together to make a sustainable future possible by doing what we can ," she added.
The Shire's current kerbside bin collection contractors have recently placed stickers on all yellow bins to highlight what items can and can’t be recycled.
The Newman Refuse Site is owned and operated by the Shire and had previously seen annual waste volumes up to 45000 tonnes per year. This amount has now dropped to 20000 tonnes per year, yet this volume can be still be significantly reduced by maximising the opportunity to recycle waste material.