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Waste plan endorsed

Published on Thursday, 1 June 2023 at 1:04:18 PM

The Town of Port Hedland has laid out its priority plans for waste management over the next five years through endorsement of its Waste Management Strategy 2022-2028.

The strategy outlines the Town’s commitment to waste management through four key pillars:

  • Sound landfill management and planning to lower risk for the Town and the region
  • Conserve landfill space by maximising material separation and recovery
  • Circular economy initiatives including waste reduction
  • Collaboration across the Pilbara and other regions

The Town manages 85,000 tonnes of waste a year, mostly from industrial sources.

 Mayor Peter Carter said while waste generation of five tonnes per person per year in Hedland was significantly higher than the WA average (two tonnes per person per year), household waste factored for only 13 per cent of all waste generated in the region.

 “This is significantly lower than the WA average of 30 per cent, which shows the level of industrial activity we have in Hedland and the need to carefully manage that,” Mayor Carter said.

 Mayor Carter said the Town would continue to build on its kerbside commingled recycling scheme and focus on diverting recyclables from landfill.

 “The Town has already diverted more than 600 tonnes of recyclable material from landfill since we started the kerbside scheme,” he said.

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