THE City of Swan says it is on course to save up to $400,000 after implementing a new recycling strategy.
In July last year, the new Bullsbrook Recycling Centre (BRC) was opened to help reduce illegal dumping in the city and make recycling more accessible.
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said the latest figures showed the recycling centre had demonstrated savings in its first eight months of operation.
This included illegal dumping down 9 per cent leading to an annual saving of $63,657, total revenue of $65,877 and tip shop revenue of $9159.
This had resulted in savings to date of $205,747 – which could lead to up to $400,000 annually and a reduction of 2281 tonnes of carbon dioxide produced annually.
Cr Lucas said the recycling centre offered significant cost savings and made a major contribution towards protecting the environment.
“The BRC has performed exceptionally well since it opened,” he said.
“I’m delighted that we’re reaping the rewards of our investment.
“Cost savings and revenue generated will be reinvested to improve services across the city.”
He said the recycling centre was an integral part of the city’s plans to transition from scheduled verge collections to an on-call service by 2019.
Recyclable goods can be dropped off at the recycling centre free of charge.
This new strategy reduces the need for further investment in additional staff and equipment, as the city manages the impact of population growth.
Additional revenue is earned from the tip shop and disposal charges for specific items, such as tyres.
Resale of scrap metal accounts for the bulk of the recycling centre’s revenue.
Pearce ward councillor Kevin Bailey said the city’s recycling strategy encouraged active participation from residents and the recycling centre had been a tremendous success.
Cr Bailey said another considerable benefit of the recycling centre was savings made from avoiding waste levies, based on the amount of waste that would normally end up in landfill.
“Landfill levy savings in the first eight months of operation amounted to $196,592,’’ he said.