At Break O’Day Council we take our impact on our natural environment seriously and we have been taking steps to try and reduce our carbon footprint. You can read about some of these activities below.
In 2017 we introduced a kerbside recycling program and took back over ownership of our Waste Transfer Stations (WTS).
Working with our partner, the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group (NTWMG) we ran a series of educational campaigns about the new service as well as the dos and don’ts of recycling.
You can find out more about our Recycling Service and Recycling in General here.
This was the start of a concerted effort to try and reduce the amount of waste we were sending to landfill.
The introduction of the kerbside recycling service has resulted in thousands of tonnes of waste from our municipality being diverted from landfill.
Taking over the management of the WTS has seen staff trained in helping and encouraging people to recycle what they can as it is free to recycle at all of our WTS. WTS staff have also been focussing on sending reusable items to the St Helens Tip Shop.
You can find out about our recycling and general waste services here.
In 2016 Break O’Day Council joined with five other Northern Tasmanian Councils, City of Launceston, Northern Midlands, West Tamar Council and George Town to improve energy efficiency and operational costs by replacing fluorescent street lights with LED lights.
In the Break O’Day area we replaced all 618 street lights.
The new lights are now fully installed and have proven to be 82% more energy efficient and have almost cut our street lighting costs in half! A win-win for our ratepayers and our environments.
In 2017 we started installing solar panels on some of our public assets in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and be a more sustainable municipality.
The Portland Hall in St Helens was the first building to be fitted with 88 three hundred watt solar panels installed. This not only reduces power consumption but also saves on the running costs of this community space.
In 2015 Break O’Day Council started the construction of a $2 million dollar community stadium.
Through the design phase it was established that reducing our carbon footprint and saving on running costs were priorities of the build.
Working with Tasmanian architects Edwards and Simpson, the new Stadium, called the Bendigo Community Stadium, thanks to its sponsorship by the Bendigo Community Bank, was built with LED lights and transparent panelling. These two design features resulted in a massive saving on the estimated costs of running the facility.
If you would like more information on how to be more sustainable at home check out the EcoHome Guide which is brought to you be Sustainable Living Tasmania.