Shire of Capel – A leader in recycling
The Shire of Capel and Shire residents are leaders in recycling in WA. In 2015/16 nearly 49% of municipal waste collected by the Shire was recycled. This recycling rate is well above the 36% and 24% average recycling rates achieved by metropolitan and regional councils respectively in 2014/15.
Annual waste and recycling statistics
- About 9,600 tonnes of wastes are collected through Shire waste services each year
- This includes around 7,100 tonnes from kerbside collections, 2,000 tonnes at the waste transfer station and 500 tonnes from verge collections
- Around 490,000 wheelie bins of general, recycling and organic wastes are picked up
- About 4,700 tonnes, or nearly 50%, of the wastes collected by the Shire are recycled
- The most common materials recycled include around 2,700 tonnes of organic and green waste, 900 tonnes of paper and cardboard, 300 tonnes of glass and 300 tonnes of scrap metal
- Each household in the Shire generates about 1.5 tonnes of waste each year 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
- About 2,000 tonnes of organic wastes collected via the 3rd bin are diverted from landfill each year, reducing the need to build new landfill sites in the South West
- Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by around 2,600 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.
Paper & cardboard collected from the kerbside recycling bin and at the waste transfer station
- Around 900 tonnes of paper and cardboard are recycled each year
- This saves about 10,000 trees from being cut down compared to if the paper and cardboard was manufactured from wood pulp
- Greenhouse gas emissions are 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
- About 10,000 litres of waste engine oil are collected each year
- 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
- Around 300 tonnes of scrap metal, primarily steel, are collected each year
- 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.