Bunbury comes out on top for recycling

By Kevin Kelly

If you live in Bunbury rentals, the chances are you've contributed to meeting the city's recycling targets.

A three-bin system was introduced to the area nearly a year ago and it's led Bunbury to meet its recycling targets six months ahead of schedule.

The third bin is used to collect organic waste such as vegetable peelings, food scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds and garden vegetation. As a result, 67 per cent of waste is now recycled into compost rather than being sent to landfill.

State government targets stated that the city should divert 30 per cent of its waste from landfill by next year and by 50 per cent in 2020.

Waste operations manager Tony Battersby said many residents have now overcome their initial concerns and are embracing the new recycling system.

"Bunbury was the first local government area in the state to employ a third bin used for food and vegetation waste and it has paid dividends in us reaching our targets

"It is a credit to the people of Bunbury who are continuing to do the right thing when it comes to sorting out their household waste," noted Mr Battersby.

Bunbury residents now have one bin for general rubbish, another for recyclables and a third for organic waste.

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