FIFTY years ago Warrnambool made a name for itself that was based entirely on rubbish.
The Standard reported this trash on the front page of its weekend edition April 25, 1992.
The city was awarded for having one of the state’s best kerbside recycling programs with a 57 per cent participation rate, a far cry from the abyssmal 11 per cent of householders it serviced the previous year.
The rapid turn around for the city was in fact a huge win for Warrnambool who just three months prior was rated Victoria’s worst recycler.
Warrnambool’s chief environmental health officer at the time Mr Murray Murfett said he believed the turn around was due to regular collections of recyclable goods.
“We transferred from monthly to weekly collections with Ryan’s (Transports),” he said.
Manager of Ryan’s Transport, Mr Frank Ryan said at the time that he expected increased recycling in Warrnambool to grow by the day.