Wyndham City Council has called on Tarneit residents to take the six-week Wyndham Waste Watcher Challenge
After a successful Waste Watchers trial last year, Council decided to roll out its practical waste education sessions to the growing Tarneit community and 17 families have volunteered to have their rubbish bins monitored.
Environment and Sustainability Portfolio Holder, Cr Heather Marcus said Tarneit was the ideal area to show residents, who may have come from other municipalities or overseas, how recycling is done in Wyndham
“Many areas have different recycling guidelines, so it is understandable that everyone has different practices,” Cr Marcus said. “It is also an opportunity to teach residents how to reduce their residual waste by using more reusables and composting their food scraps.”
Recent recycling bin audits in Tarneit have shown that while people were definitely trying their best to be conscious of recycling, they were perhaps not getting it quite right, Cr Marcus said.
“For example, one of the biggest problems was residents separating their recyclables by bagging them with plastic bags, but soft plastics such as plastic bags are not recyclable. If this happens, the bag of well-intentioned recycled goods may not make it past the conveyor belt in the recycling centre.”
Cr Marcus said he was delighted that environmentally-conscious residents were putting themselves forward to have their bins audited and are engaging in waste minimisation and recycling education sessions.
“The group will meet again next month and show Council how much they learned from being part of the program and hopefully the will spread the word to their neighbours and friends,” Cr Marcus said.