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Councillor Angela Vithoulkas Question on Notice

COUNCIL RECYCLING (S103147)

Question

It is reported on the City of Sydney website that: “Sydneysiders recycled 20 tonnes of electronic waste in six hours at the City of Sydney’s latest e-waste collection day, helping keep unwanted household items out of landfill. The popular quarterly event attracted 549 individual e-waste drop-offs with tall stacks of TVs, computers and printers collected alongside household items from vacuum cleaners to broken hairdryers.” The e-waste service is proving a popular and efficient method for residents to ethically dispose of unwanted electrical devices and is widely promoted.

Is the Book a Pick Up service that can collect white goods, mattresses, furniture and metal items as popular and widely promoted?

How many bookings were made for this service in 2015?

Does the City hope to increase the amount of mattresses, equipment, white goods and metal items it collects through this program in 2016 and, if so, by how much?

Answer

The City received approximately 41,800 bookings for the weekly book a pick-up service in the 2015 calendar year. The popularity of the service is on the rise, growing by 25 per cent in 2015.

The City actively promotes the weekly free pick-up for bulky waste and ran a campaign in 2015 to increase awareness of the service, while also informing people that dumping is illegal and that fines can apply. In total, the campaign generated over 13,000 unique page views to the City’s website, up 200 per cent from the previous month. As a result, the City logged 3,765 pick-up bookings during the peak of the campaign, the highest monthly volume recorded to date.

The City’s book a pick-up service is more popular and more widely used than the quarterly e-waste drop off events, with approximately 3,571 tonnes of bulky waste, 363 tonnes of metals and white goods, and 570 tonnes of mattresses collected in the 2015 calendar year. The City does hope to increase the amount of material collected through the book a pick-up service in 2016, which will feed into the resource recovery targets being developed as part of the City’s Waste Strategy 2030.

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