Fremantle’s Deputy Mayor Andrew Sullivan and local MP Simone McGurk have cut the ribbon to officially open Fremantle’s new Household Hazardous Waste facility.
The facility allows for the safe disposal of unwanted household chemicals and other hazardous material like aerosols, batteries and paint that can’t be disposed of in household bins.
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program is supported by the Government of Western Australia and administered by the Waste Authority. The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) delivers the program.
The City of Fremantle’s HHW facility at the Fremantle Recycling Centre was funded by the HHW Program.
Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said there were now 14 HHW facilities across WA.
“These facilities are helping us achieve the state’s ambitious Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030,” Ms McGurk said.
“We know that given the opportunity, Fremantle residents will get behind the strategy and do the right thing with their household waste.
“Materials brought to the Fremantle HHW centre will be reused or recycled wherever possible or safely disposed.”
Fremantle Councillor Doug Thompson, who is also Chair of WALGA’s Municipal Waste Advisory Council, said Western Australia had the best HHW program in the country.
“The reason our program works so well is that it is based on collaboration, cooperation and partnership,” Cr Thompson said.
“The program was collaboratively designed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and local government represented by WALGA.
“It’s operated cooperatively and in partnership, with local governments providing the staffing and locations and the state government the funding to ensure the collection, transport and recovery of the material collected.
“Virtually nothing that’s collected through the program goes to landfill. It’s all recycled or recovered in one way or another.”
The City of Fremantle HHW facility is open to all households, not just Fremantle residents, and is free to use.