Shire of Esperance recycling effort recognised

E-waste advocates: Shire staff members Grace Mallins and Jessica Evans holding old electronic devices at the e-waste disposal unit in the Shire of Esperance Administration building. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
E-waste advocates: Shire staff members Grace Mallins and Jessica Evans holding old electronic devices at the e-waste disposal unit in the Shire of Esperance Administration building. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

The Shire of Esperance have been recognised by the state’s leading recycling specialists after diverting more than 9.43 tonnes of e-waste from landfill in January alone.

Waste management company Total Green Recycling released the monthly breakdown acknowledging the top five performing local governments in WA on February 8.

Esperance placed third ahead of the Shire of Broome and Mindarie Regional Council and sat closely behind the City of Busselton.

The City of Stirling was the top performing council, submitting 55.29 tonnes of e-waste.

The shire have participated in the recycling of e-waste since 2010 and signed up to the TechCollect Program as part of the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform in 2012.

Esperance was the first permanent collection point for the TechCollect program in WA, which supports a free electronic waste recycling program for televisions and computer products. 

It is a credit to the community for utilising the program and being committed to diverting this problem waste from going to landfill.

Shire of Esperance Waste Management coordinator Georgia Ryan.

According to Shire of Esperance Waste Management coordinator Georgia Ryan, the region currently recycles about 22 tonnes of e-waste annually.

“It is good to be recognised for all the hard work that the shire has been putting into the program over the years," Ms Ryan said.

“It is a credit to the community for utilising the program and being committed to diverting this problem waste from going to landfill. 

“It is also a great way of getting the message out that this service is available and it is “free”– all old TV’s, Computers and Computer associated products can be dropped off to Wylie Bay Waste Facility and recycled in an environmentally responsible way."

As detailed in the shire's new Community Waste Strategy 2018-2023, Ms Ryan said the shire planned to improve on their recycling practices by maintaining and extending the TechCollect program through ongoing promotion and education with the community.

Ms Ryan stressed that the shire also recycled household batteries, Mobile Phones, Long Life Globes, fluorescent light tubes and Coffee Pods, which can be dropped off at collection points at the Shire Administration building and the Public Library.

For more information, contact the Wylie Bay Waste Facility on (08) 9071 7594.