Recycled plastic to help WA tourism initiative

Almost 430,000 plastic bags worth of plastics have been diverted from landfill to create 27 plastic benches installed across Rottnest Island, Western Australia.

The benches and some boardwalk sections are part of the island’s recently opened Wadjemup Bidi walk trail, which is 45 kilometres long.

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Recycled plastic was chosen for maintenance, functionality, aesthetic and sustainability reasons.

Sections of recycled plastic boardwalks include Henrietta Rocks and Porpoise Bay, while the benches have been installed throughout the trails, offering views at Cape Vlamingh, Cathedral Rocks and Bickley Bay.

WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the initiative continues to push to reduce waste in the state and protect the environment for future generations.

“It’s fantastic to announce this new sustainability initiative during Plastic Free July, which engages the community in a discussion about waste avoidance, which is at the top of the waste hierarchy, with a focus on reducing our use of plastic,” Mr Dawson said.

WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said Rottnest Island wants to be recognised as a sustainable must-visit tourism destination.

“These long-term sustainability priorities will mean that Rottnest Island can continue to be enjoyed by visitor for generations to come,” he said.

WA Government holds waste roundtable

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has chaired a roundtable on how waste management could be improved in the state, with key stakeholders sharing their ideas and experiences.

Representatives from industries including packaging, mining, construction, hospitality and beverages took part in the roundtable as well as environmental organisations and local and state government representatives.

The roundtable was established to hear the views of a wide variety of stakeholders on key waste generation and management issues. Their views will inform the state government’s new waste strategy. A consultation paper, which proposes new directions for the waste strategy, was released last month and is open for public comment until March 1, 2018.

“Issues that were addressed included better separation of waste at its source, including food waste in the household, the move towards a circular economy so resources are reused or recirculated in our economy before disposal to landfill and improving the effectiveness of the waste levy,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.

“A collection of ideas and experiences were shared and I look forward to working with industry and government to continue to improve waste management across the state.”

For more information visit the WA Waste Authority.