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State-first initiative claims victory

State-first initiative claims victory The City of Canterbury Bankstown has won first place in two categories at the NSW 2016-17 Local Government Excellence in Environment Awards. No  

The City of Canterbury Bankstown has won first place in two categories at the NSW 2016-17 Local Government Excellence in Environment Awards.

In July 2015, Council implemented its Resource Recovery of Problem Waste at Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUDs) project, which took out top spot in the Community Waste Services category.

Mayor, Khal Asfour, said the aim was to educate residents on recycling correctly, as well as reducing the amount of incorrect rubbish going to landfill.

“Items that often end up in landfill, and shouldn’t, include polystyrene, soft plastics, cardboard, clothing and e-waste,” Mayor Asfour said.

“The project saw Council’s Resource Recovery team design and provide extra bins with clear signage to collect these items at 16 unit blocks in Canterbury-Bankstown, to help combat the issue.

“The team is always working on ways to deliver the best outcomes for our City, and I am proud we could deliver a project of this calibre – and be the first in NSW to do so.”

Resource Recovery Officer, Anil Gupta, who led the project, said an audit in 2015 identified the recycling problem.

“Residents in the unit blocks collectively recycled more than 25,000 kilograms of waste that previously would have been disposed of in landfill,” Mr Gupta said.

Council also claimed victory in the Excellence in Water Management category, for its Kingsgrove Rain Gardens project, which acts as a stormwater filter.

Council’s Environmental Strategy Team Leader, Nell Graham, said the project had improved the water quality entering Wolli Creek.

“The rain gardens direct stormwater through a bio-retention system, made up of specialised plant roots and soil, that removes pollutants,” she said.

Council was also highly commended for its:

• Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Education program, in the Behaviour Change in Waste category, which educated the community on food waste management and recycling and reusing; and

• The Get the Site Right blitz, in the Natural Environment Protections and Enhancement category, which focused on soil and erosion control at construction sites.


 25/10/2017 4:07 PM