Yellow-lidded bins have been appearing in driveways across the City of Karratha over the past few weeks and from Monday 6 February residents began using them as Cleanaway began a regular kerbside recycling service.
The City of Karratha and Cleanaway agreed to implement a fortnightly recycling service in response to community feedback showing it was a high priority for residents.
Cleanaway Pilbara Regional Manager Dave Mulder said people could be assured their materials would be properly recycled.
“The key thing for us is that people need to be confident that we are leaders in the recycling world and (their waste) is going to be recycled,” he said.
“The feedback we’ve had from the community has been very positive. Now it’s important that we deliver on what we say we’re going to do, and also that we work together with the community for a successful outcome.”
Kerbside recycling will operate on a fortnightly cycle around all Karratha suburbs, Dampier, Roebourne, Cheeditha, Wickham and Point Samson.
All will have the same rubbish collection days as before except for Roebourne and Cheeditha, which will be collected on Fridays, and Point Samson, which will change to Wednesdays.
People should pay careful attention to what they put into their recycling bin to avoid contamination. Read the recycling guide available on the City of Karratha website and if in doubt contact Cleanaway for further information.
The new dual-service approach is a result of competitive tender process with City of Karratha investigating a number of delivery options in order to provide the best possible waste collection service to residents. Cleanaway was awarded the contract beginning 6 February 2017 under a 3 + 2 rolling arrangement.
The collected rubbish will be processed in Karratha and the glass recycled at Karratha Earthmoving and Sand Supplies, before the remainder is transported to Cleanaway’s new $20 million Material Recycling Facility in Perth.
Karratha Enviro Group committee member Laurinda Timmins welcomed the move towards more sustainable waste management in the City.