Grants fund improvements at Cradle Coast waste facilities

Grants fund improvements at Cradle Coast waste facilities

More than $109 000 in grant money has been used by Cradle Coast councils over the past 12 months to improve facilities at Waste Transfer Stations and Resource Recovery Centres across the region.

Cradle Coast Waste Services facilitated the grant program with funds from the region’s voluntary waste levy. Levy funds are used by Cradle Coast Waste Management Group member-councils to re-invest in services, infrastructure, and education campaigns to increase the recovery of re-usable resources and reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

Mel Pearce administered the grants program and was pleased the funds were used to improve the accessibility and safety of waste transfer stations in seven Local Government areas.
“From litter reduction fencing and signage, to e-waste collection shelters and concrete pads to prevent pollution run-off, the improvements all contribute to better waste management services for local communities,” said Mrs Pearce.

“That is the purpose of the waste levy, to ensure that funding goes back to communities for facility upgrades and to keep pace with growing recycling services such as electronic waste and hazardous waste including tyres, batteries and unused paint.”

A total of $109,228 was issued via the 2019/20 grant program with $14 000 allocated to Burnie City; $20 455 to Central Coast; $7 350 to Circular Head; $16 223 to Devonport City; $22 800 to Kentish (across both Sheffield and Wilmot Waste Transfer Stations); $12 400 to Latrobe; and $16 000 to Waratah-Wynyard Councils.
Improvements included:
• Concrete pads for e-waste, battery and paint collection bays in Burnie.
• Toilet and washing facilities at Preston.
• Boundary fence installation in Circular Head.
• Shelter construction for the e-waste collection bay in Devonport.
• Safety barrier installation at waste drop-off areas, new signage and upgrading damaged bin waste flaps at Sheffield.
• Safety barrier installation at waste drop-off areas and new signage at Wilmot.
• Safety barrier installation at waste drop-off areas, new signage and upgrading damaged bin waste flaps in Latrobe; and
• Constructing a concrete hardstand for tyre storage in Waratah-Wynyard.

The next round of the grants program will be available to the seven councils in the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group, with funding applications due to close on the 7th of October 2020.

Don’t leave your good waste habits at home

The Cradle Coast Waste Management Group is enlisting the help of visitors to North West Tasmania in an effort to clean up illegally dumped rubbish.Card collage

Coastal reserves and nature reserves are common locations for dumping rubbish and are also popular with tourists. To make it easy for visitors to know where to dispose of their waste and recycling and to report any findings of dumped rubbish, the Waste Management Group created a collectable series of postcards with information on waste transfer station locations and contact details for the local council.

Seven cards were produced for each of the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group’s member council areas and are being distributed through visitor information centres.

Signs are also being installed encouraging visitors to not leave their good recycling habits at home and to report sightings of dumped rubbish. Increased surveillance and reporting of dumping hotspots will hopefully encourage offenders to think twice and do the right thing.

This latest campaign against illegal dumping follows from a statewide project to raise awareness of the many waste services available from government, not-for-profit groups and commercial providers to responsibly dispose of bulky, unwanted items. Find out about these disposal options in the Cradle Coast here.

Free Hazardous Waste Recycling and Disposal in the Cradle Coast

Have you been to your council’s waste transfer station or resource recovery centre lately?

It’s not a tip. It’s THE place to take unwanted items for recycling.   Every council in the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group has at least one; so you don’t have to travel far (Circular Head, Waratah-Wynyard, Burnie, Central Coast, Devonport, Latrobe and Kentish Council areas).

These centres now also accept for FREE and safe recycling or disposal:Hazardous waste recycling

  • light globes and fluoro tubes
  • paint and paint tins
  • household batteries and
  • electronic waste including old TVs, printers, computers, computer accessories and electrical cables.

Don’t risk harming the environment by throwing them in your garbage bin.
Search for your local Council on our home page, or call your Council to find out more.

Kerbside Recycling Bin Assessments in the Cradle Coast region

Starting: 17 September 2018
Location: Circular Head, Waratah-Wynyard, Burnie City, Central Coast, Devonport City, Latrobe and Kentish Council areas.

Kerbside Recycling Bin Assessments are coordinated by the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group on behalf of its member Councils and take place a couple of times a year in North West Tasmania.

The assessments help tell the Group whether landfill diversion education campaigns are working and where it might need to focus more attention.

If your kerbside recycling bin is randomly selected for assessment, the assessor will check the contents of your bin before it gets collected by the truck. They’re looking for non-recyclable materials, known as contaminants.

The assessment is a great opportunity for you to receive advice on some of the more confusing aspects of recycling such as:
Foam meat trays can NOT be recycled in your kerbside bin, even if they feature the plastics identification code triangle.
Paper towel and paper tissues can NOT be recycled in your kerbside bin, they break apart and reduce the quality of other recyclables by sticking to them and causing contamination.
Foil food bags can NOT be recycled in your kerbside bin, these are made of plastic not aluminium and should be placed in your rubbish bin.
Soft plastics such as shopping bags, bread bags and biscuit wrappers can NOT be recycled in your kerbside bin. Take soft plastics to participating supermarkets’ collection bins for recycling.

Bins included in the assessment will have a tag placed on their handles, advising of the assessment results and some friendly do’s and don’ts relevant to your kerbside recycling bin contents.

Good Bad Kerbside Items

For more advice on what can and can’t be recycled via your kerbside recycling bin, check out this handy guide:

Business workshop: Tap in to the Cradle Coast circular economy

Cradle Coast businesses are being encouraged to get together and find commercial uses for their surplus materials and by-products that would otherwise be considered as waste.
At a free workshop to be held in Burnie, businesses will learn about circular economies where one business’s waste is another’s valuable input.

In a circular economy, spent resources ranging from used cooking oil to off-cuts from poly pipes are reprocessed and reused for as long as possible to extract maximum value.

The Cradle Coast Waste Management Group and Dulverton Waste Management (DWM), representing seven of the region’s Councils, are hosting the workshop which will be facilitated by one of Australia’s leading experts in resource recovery and sustainable development, Mike Ritchie of MRA Australia.

Mr Ritchie noted that local businesses have the potential to benefit on both sides of their business ledger by reducing operating costs and by finding new sources of income.
“Selling something that was previously being disposed is a simple concept, but it can be difficult for businesses to imagine these new uses and find potential buyers when they may be based in different industries and outside of the reach of their usual supply chain contacts,” said Mr Ritchie.

“Through this event, we hope that Cradle Coast businesses can make those connections and spark ideas for how traditional waste streams could be diverted from landfill and reused or reprocessed.”

“It’s a different way of thinking about production inputs and outputs. When done at a regional scale, we are able to tap in to multiple industries, simplify transport and logistics and hopefully achieve a commercial scale beyond what would be possible in a single municipal area or industrial park.”

Workshop participants will receive advice on how to establish successful circular economies, hear examples of active businesses and the benefits they’ve achieved, examine the economics of recycling and resource recovery, and work together to identify opportunities for reuse within the region.

The workshop will be held at Wellers Inn, Burnie.  Interested businesses can RSVP by calling 6424 7344 by 14 May.

Finding ways to avoid, reduce and reuse waste

The three regional Waste Management Groups have created an awareness raising program to encourage Tasmanians to avoid , reduce and reuse waste.

Tasmanians are pretty good at recycling and although this is a great way to keep waste out of landfill and our environment, there are many other things we can all do to be good sorts and decrease our waste.

It’s important that we try to find ways to reuse and reduce waste, or best of all to avoid generating waste altogether.

Here are some simple ideas being promoted across Tasmania on TV, in newspapers, on radio and social media.  Are there one, two or  more things you could be doing to rethink waste?avoid generating waste where possible

Avoid waste:

  • Take your travel mug for your next coffee
  • Refill your drink bottle in place of packaged water
  • Take your own shopping bags
  • Choose unpackaged food and products over those with excessive packaging
  • Use containers instead of plastic wrap for storing left-overs
  • Say no to plastic straws.

Reduce waste:

  • Plan ahead and only buy ingredients you need for the week
  • Choose and maintain household items that will last or can be repaired
  • Borrow or hire instead of buying if you only need an item for a short time.

Reuse waste:

  • Post unwanted items online for sale or giveaway, hold a garage sale or swap-meet
  • Treasure hunt for pre-loved items before buying new – Council tip shops are a great resource too
  • Cook up the next meal from left-overs
  • Find new uses for every-day items, such sewing old clothes or fabric items into reusable bags.

If you haven’t yet seen the Avoid – Reduce – Reuse – Recycle commercials on TV in Tasmania, you can watch them on our Rethink Waste YouTube channel.

What litter did you find this Clean Up Australia Day?

Tasmania’s three Waste Management Groups are searching for the state’s most common litter items so they can make them the focus of future waste reduction education programs.

If you are volunteering in this weekend’s Clean Up Australia Day event (4 March), the Groups would appreciate you being their eyes on the ground across Tasmania and reporting back the biggest litter items in a quick Facebook poll.

The poll will be available at from 3 March.

More than 500 tonnes of rubbish are typically removed from the Tasmanian environment on Clean Up Australia Day, creating a great opportunity to collect data and get a snapshot of the main litter culprits.

David from Waste Strategy South says: “Food packaging and beverage containers made up more than half the collected litter in the last Clean Up Australia survey.
We’re keen to know if that’s changed with the rising profile of issues such as plastic pollution in our oceans and the harm caused by land-based litter ending up in our waterways.
Getting an early insight to the main litter items from Clean Up Australia Day participants will help us shape future programs that are most relevant to the issues we have here.”

Clean Up Australia Day is the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, running since 1989. Volunteers have contributed more than 32 million hours to litter-collection in the annual event, removing over 344 thousand tonnes of rubbish!

If you’d like to help out on Clean Up Australia Day and join a local event visit:

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