Zero Waste

Zero Waste is a Sustainability Pillar in our Sustainability Strategy 2021 - 2031. The relevant key principle is: 'The Shire seeks to embrace the role of a leader in the community by minimising waste'.  Our objectives related to this pillar are:

  • Aim for zero waste to landfill by 2030
  • Aim for zero wastewater to natural waterways by 2030
  • Implement best-practice in relation to waste management to reduce waste going to landfill
  • Support the building industry in reducing waste through re-use and recycling

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What We're Doing

Some current and recent projects and operations related to the Zero Waste pillar include:

  • Our Waste Services team looks after the Denmark and Peaceful Bay Tips. Our friends at Green Skills Denmark look after the management of the local Containers for Change collection point and our famous Tip Shop, promoting reuse, repurposing and recycling. Details about opening hours, tip pass information, Containers for Change and the Greenskills Tip Shop are available on our Waste Services page.
  • Our team encourages community members and visitors to educate themselves on how to sort your waste by visiting the Waste Sorted or Recycle Right websites.
  • The Shire is currently co-funding a Biochar research project Waste to Net Zero (Biochar Program), converting Denmark's green waste into biochar for potential use in our local agriculture sector. To find out more about this project, please visit the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee website.

  • Denmark is an annual participant in the national Garage Sale Trail each November, aimed at diverting items from landfill
  • We are working with Western Australian Country Health Service on a collaborative project with local enthusiasts to promote the use of cloth nappies. The program will see every Denmark new baby receive the gift of one cloth nappy. Cloth nappies are also available for purchase locally, and patterns are available at the Denmark Public Library.
  • The Shire collaborates with local community activist group Plastic Reduction Denmark to consult with local café retailers to reduce single-use coffee cup waste in Denmark. In addition to the mug library initiative, there has been broad support for the introduction of a network reusable coffee cup solution.
Garage Sale Trail 2023: Impact Report Released
Posted 26 March 2024 Garage Sale Trail 2023: Impact Report Released

Nearly 20 tonnes of reusable items prevented from ending up in landfill locally

McLean Oval Recycled Wastewater Irrigation Project Operating
Posted 11 March 2024 McLean Oval Recycled Wastewater Irrigation Project Operating

Denmark's McLean Oval to be kept green by recycled wastewater

Holiday Season Waste Collection and Tip Opening Hours
Posted 18 December 2023 Holiday Season Waste Collection and Tip Opening Hours

Denmark and Peaceful Bay Tips closed Christmas Day and New Year

Climate Dashboard Launched to Promote Awareness and Action
Posted 28 November 2023 Climate Dashboard Launched to Promote Awareness and Action

Online dashboard created to boost connections with South Coast Alliance funding

Garage Sale Trail 2023: Bag a Bargain This Spring
Posted 26 September 2023 Garage Sale Trail 2023: Bag a Bargain This Spring

Nation-wide Garage Sale Trail comes back to town over two weekends this November

Council Adopts Budget to Fund Community Priorities
Posted 02 August 2023 Council Adopts Budget to Fund Community Priorities

Renewed focus on areas such as roads and youth in line with community feedback

Garage Sale Trail 2022: Impact Report Released
Posted 01 March 2023 Garage Sale Trail 2022: Impact Report Released

Thousands of local participants diverted 64,992kg of reusable items from landfill

Reusable Coffee Cup Network to Tackle Single-Use Coffee Cups
Posted 25 January 2023 Reusable Coffee Cup Network to Tackle Single-Use Coffee Cups

Continued collaboration with Plastic Reduction Denmark works towards Zero Waste goals

Mug Library Initiative at Participating Cafes in Denmark
Posted 10 November 2022 Mug Library Initiative at Participating Cafes in Denmark

Donated and unwanted mugs fill community mug library hampers at local businesses

Gift of Cloth Nappies to New Parents in Denmark
Posted 05 July 2022 Gift of Cloth Nappies to New Parents in Denmark

Sustainable initiative aims to reduce waste to landfill by promoting cloth nappies

Shire Supports Community Environmental Education
Posted 21 March 2022 Shire Supports Community Environmental Education

Variety of programs receive support to encourage environmental education

Bin Lid Replacement Program Underway Soon
Posted 25 January 2022 Bin Lid Replacement Program Underway Soon

Recycling and general waste lids to meet Australian Standard colours

Environmentally-friendly Christmas Decorations
Posted 16 December 2021 Environmentally-friendly Christmas Decorations

Thanks to the hardwork of local school students and Plastic Reduction Denmark

Foodscraps to Fertiliser Community Workshop
Posted 01 November 2021 Foodscraps to Fertiliser Community Workshop

Community invited to learn more about composting on Saturday 13 November

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Other Local Initiatives

Information about relevant Shire supported and community-led initiatives and organisations related to the Zero Waste pillar will be listed here:

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Contact

Our Sustainability Officer can be reached at (08) 9848 0300 or enquiries@denmark.wa.gov.au. 

Our Waste Services team can be reached at (08) 9848 0343 or enquiries@denmark.wa.gov.au.

Contact information for Green Skills Denmark can be accessed on the Green Skills website.

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