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Bunbury scoops award for sustainability

By Kevin Kelly

There are plenty of reasons why Bunbury is such a fantastic place to live, and a recent accolade is only likely to increase the city's popularity further.

Bunbury received the Sustainable Cities Award at the Keep Australia Beautiful Council Western Australia Star Awards in recognition of its environmental efforts.

The City of Bunbury was praised for its litter prevention strategies, as well as waste management and recycling.

Once the city's new waste program came into force, it was able to divert as much as 60 per cent of its waste away from landfill, meaning it far outstripped its target.

The state government has the objective of sending 30 per cent of waste to landfill by 2014 and 50 per cent by 2020.

As you'll be aware if you're involved in Bunbury property management, the local council operates a three-bin strategy, encouraging homeowners to separate their waste into rubbish, organics and recyclables.

In fact, the City of Bunbury was the first council in the whole of South Australia to bring in a weekly collection of organic waste, which includes food scraps, tea bags and garden vegetation.

Waste Operations Manager Tony Battersby said: "While there was some resistance to the three-bin system it is really paying off and the results speak for themselves."

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