Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Household items that would have previously been crushed under a landfill compactor are being given a new lease of life, thanks to a new recycling shop at the Henderson Waste Recovery Park in WA.

The Recycle Shop is another way the City of Cockburn is ensuring products are being re-used to their maximum potential, instead of going to landfill.

Cockburn Deputy Mayor Kevin Allen said landfill staff remove items from the waste stream, check for re-use potential, and then value and display them for sale.

"We currently remove steel, timber, plastic, green waste, oil, batteries and e-waste to re-use as raw materials but this is a way of making items that might simply be broken or neglected, and in need of a few minor repairs, suitable for re-sale," he said.

"The concept follows on from car park markets and opportunity shops that have blossomed in recent times and the main advantage is that our products are very affordable with numerous bargains to be found.

"It's another tangible symbol of the City of Cockburn's commitment to sustainability, alongside our re-use of methane gas and raw materials at the Henderson Waste Recovery Park."

People who may miss the annual junk verge collection can take items to The Recycle Shop for the cost of a trailer pass, when delivering other waste. Visits to The Recycle Shop are free-of-charge if not delivering any rubbish.

"This initiative is further reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, improving the percentage of waste being recycled and increasing promotional and educational opportunities for sustainability," Cr Allen said.

The Recycle Shop is open 8.30am to 4.30pm Fridays to Sundays and on Monday public holidays.

recycle1.jpeg: City of Cockburn Community Services Director Don Green, Deputy Mayor Kevin Allen, Landfill Coordinator Mike Haynes and Waste Manager Lyall Davieson with some of the items on offer at the new Recycle Shop.

recycle2.jpeg: The Recycle Shop manager Robert Ambrose with some of the bric-a-brac items for sale.

recycle3.jpeg: City of Cockburn Community Services Director Don Green, Deputy Mayor Kevin Allen, Landfill Coordinator Mike Haynes and Waste Manager Lyall Davieson check out some of the vinyl classics on offer at The Recycle Shop.

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City of Cockburn

The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9411 3551
W: www.cockburn.wa.gov.au


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