Lisa Trewin, Mark Ferguson and Alison Kellett accept RH Dougherty Award

Pittwater Council on behalf of the four SHOROC councils (Manly, Warringah, Mosman, Pittwater) has won the prestigious RH Dougherty Award at the 2010 Local Government Week Awards for coordinating a communications campaign to ban electronic waste from kerbside collections.

The ‘Excellence in Communication’ award was presented to the Council by Cr Genia McCaffery, President of the Local Government Association and The Hon Barbara Perry, Minster for Local Government at an awards evening in Sydney on 4 August.

The campaign saw a ban from 1 January 2010 on the kerbside collection of e-waste due to concerns about its effect on the environment when placed in landfill.

E-waste which includes unwanted computers, televisions, printers, scanners modems, DVD players, VCR’s and gaming machines contains an alarming range of toxic materials, including lead, cadmium and mercury.

Pittwater General Manager Mark Ferguson said he was delighted that Pittwater was recognised for its work in coordinating the campaign on behalf of the SHOROC councils.

“It demonstrates that councils can work effectively together to address broader regional issues”.

“The initial strategy involved the SHOROC councils taking their concerns about the environmental effects of e-waste to Canberra which resulted in state and federal environment ministers announcing a new national e-waste recycling scheme by 2011”.

Mr Ferguson said the strategy also involved a media and advertising campaign in local newspapers and magazines promoting a series of centralised e-waste drop off days where residents could dispose of their e-waste free-of-charge.

“I would like to acknowledge in particular the work of Council’s Senior Communications Officer Ms Sally Williams who spearheaded the campaign, working closely across the four SHOROC councils to deliver a cohesive and convincing argument to the community about the ban on e-waste from kerbside collection,” added Mr Ferguson.

The awards evening recognised thirty-eight NSW councils for their unique and innovative community projects.

President of the Local Government Association, Cr Genia McCaffery said that the high quality of the entries received was a testament to the bright future many of our councils are building for their communities.

You can fnd our more information on disposing your e-waste through your council.

For full details of local government award winners visit www.lgsa.org.au