Residents across the City of Rockingham have been busy collecting litter throughout the community, with about 750kg of rubbish gathered as part of a number of Clean Up Australia Day events.
Clean Up Australia Day, which originated in 1989, is a nationwide event that focuses on cleaning up rubbish in communities across Australia. Historically the event is held on the Sunday of the Labour Day long weekend in March. However, different communities often take part in the event on a variety of different days.
Throughout late February and early March, 35 sites across the City of Rockingham were registered for cleanups by volunteer groups. Rubbish collection occurred in three stages, with registered businesses the first to do their part for the environment.
Schools and youth groups were second to clean up, while community groups were the final volunteers to hit the streets in search of litter. To assist in the cleanup, the City’s LitterBusters were available to collect rubbish bags and to dispose of any recyclable items where possible.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels thanked the volunteers who took part in the cleanup.
“Clean Up Australia Day is a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together and boost sustainability in our City, and I must congratulate all of the volunteers who took part in this year’s event,” Mayor Sammels said.
“It was fantastic to see more than 700kgs of rubbish collected throughout a number of local parks, reserves and beaches. With such an array of wonderful environmental assets on our doorstep it’s crucial we continue to preserve them for future generations and I thank everyone who helped make Clean Up Australia Day 2019 such a great success.”
Since being launched in late 2014 the City of Rockingham’s LitterBusters team has collected more than 1,100 tonnes of illegally dumped waste – an average of 30 tonnes per month – from locations across the City, and made a huge impact on the overall amenity of public areas.
Mayor Barry Sammels said “The City of Rockingham was the first local government in WA to develop and deploy a dedicated rapid response team on-call seven days a week. With multiple ways to report litter, the team is kept very busy responding to customers’ requests”
An average of 2,500 LitterBusters requests are made by members of the public each year through the mobile app, the 1800-4-Litter number and online.
“The idea for LitterBusters came about as a response to our Customer Satisfaction Surveys in which residents identified litter as a priority area.” Mayor Sammels said. “Council recognised the need for a concerted effort to address these concerns, so we took the innovative step of creating a dedicated rapid response team. The results over the past three years have been fantastic and we are very pleased to see how the community has responded.”
“LitterBusters has made a big difference to our community and we have seen a significant improvement in the customer satisfaction rating of our performance in litter management since the team commenced.”
LitterBusters responds within 24 hours to all litter-related reports from the community, working seven days a week to ensure a rapid response. The team also focuses on surveillance, investigation, removal and prosecution of illegal dumping.
The LitterBusters app can be downloaded free for Apple and Android devices. Reports can also be made on 1800-4-Litter (1800 454 883)
Hundreds of people from businesses, schools, community groups and individuals have registered to clean up a site this weekend.
The City would like to thank all participants for their time in helping to rid the environment of litter. Please remember to be sun safe and stay hydrated.
Want to join a clean-up? Visit the Clean Up Australia Day website to volunteer a public clean up event.
For those events that have requested a collection from LitterBusters, please remember to separate the recycling bags from general waste bags.
The green waste verge collection begins in October–November 2018 for City of Rockingham residents.
A few warm days last week was a reminder that summer is around the corner. Plenty of rain over winter has provided good growth for plants. This also means potential fuel for bushfires during summer. Residents can prepare their gardens for the bushfire season, or a general tidy by making use of this service.
A maximum of three cubic metres of prunings can be placed on the verge, not more than the weekend prior to scheduled collection dates.
Check your properties collection date on the City of Rockingham website using the Near Me feature.
Conditions on using the green waste verge collection can be found on the Verge Collection page of the City’s website.
New data has revealed the City of Rockingham’s three bin collection system is having a positive environmental impact, with the City nearly doubling its recovery rate in the past year.
In mid-2017 the City upgraded its waste collection service to include recycling, waste and green waste bins, with about 50,000 residential properties involved in the roll-out. The three bins the City uses.
The latest figures indicate that since making the change to the three bin system, the City has improved its recovery rate from 24% to 47%, meaning nearly double the amount of waste is avoiding landfill.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels thanked the community for their involvement in making the three bin system a success.
“The rollout of the three bin system has played a substantial role in our community improving the way it disposes of waste,” Mayor Sammels said.
“By nearly doubling our recovery rate we have kept nearly 26,000 tonnes of recyclable or compostable material out of landfill.
“The State Government has set a recovery rate target of 65% by 2020 so it is vital we continue to sort our waste into the right bins.”
Correct disposal of recycling and green waste helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while the green waste that was originally sent to landfill is now being captured for mulching.
The roll-out of the three bin system was highlighted by an increase in the size of the recycling bin to 360 litres and a new 240 litre green waste bin.
The City also received substantial funding for the three bin system through the State Government’s Better Bins Program.
Visit rubbish and recycling services for more information on the City’s waste management services.