Waste & Recycling Statistics & Benefits

Shire of Capel – A leader in recycling

The Shire of Capel and Shire residents are leaders in recycling in WA. In 2014/15 nearly 48% of municipal waste collected by the Shire was recycled. This recycling rate is well above the 33% and 23% average recycling rates achieved by metropolitan and regional councils respectively in 2013/14.

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Waste and recycling statistics for 2014/15

  • A total of 9,282 tonnes of wastes were collected through Shire waste services
  • This included 6,795 tonnes from kerbside collections, 2,018 tonnes at the waste transfer station and 469 tonnes from verge collections
  • 475,667 wheelie bins of general, recycling and organic wastes were picked up
  • 4,390 tonnes, or just under 50%, of the wastes collected by the Shire were recycled
  • The most common materials recycled included 2,395 tonnes of organic and green waste, 879 tonnes of paper and cardboard, 335 tonnes of glass and 269 tonnes of scrap metal
  • Each household in the Shire generated about 1.5 tonnes of waste on average.

Benefits of recycling programs

All the recycling programs operated by the Shire provide significant environmental benefits such as reduced waste going to landfill, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and recovery of valuable resources. The benefits of some recycling programs are described below.

Organic waste collected from the kerbside organics bin

  • 1,740 tonnes of organic wastes collected via the 3rd bin were diverted from landfill in 2014/15, reducing the need to build new landfill sites in the South West
  • Greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by around 2,400 tonnes CO2e compared to tipping the wastes to landfill
  • Compost produced from the organic wastes is used in gardens to improve soil condition, build nutrients and enhance water holding capacity.

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Paper & cardboard collected from the kerbside recycling bin and at the waste transfer station

  • 879 tonnes of paper and cardboard were recycled in 2014/15
  • This saved about 10,000 trees from being cut down compared to if the paper and cardboard was manufactured from wood pulp
  • Greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by around 2,200 tonnes CO2e compared to if the paper and cardboard was tipped to landfill.

Waste engine oil collected at the waste transfer station

  • 7,700 litres of waste engine oil was collected in 2014/15
  • The waste engine oil is processed to make industrial oil burner fuel and lubricants, avoiding the need to use petroleum based virgin oil
  • Collecting waste engine oil helps prevent it being discharged into the environment where it can be highly polluting.

Scrap metal collected from the kerbside recycling bin, verge collections and at the waste transfer station

  • 269 tonnes of scrap metal, primarily steel, were collected in 2014/15
  • Manufacturing new metals from recycled material uses about 80-95% less energy and other resources compared to mining metal ores and manufacturing new metals from the ores.

For further information on ways to recycle wastes from your household click here.