Three bins the charm

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

HOUSE­HOLDS could get three bins and re­cy­cling could be done lo­cally fol­low­ing Wan­neroo Coun­cil’s en­dorse­ment of a waste ser­vices re­view.

The coun­cil con­sid­ered a re­view of waste ser­vices de­liv­ery at its Au­gust 21 meet­ing and en­dorsed a transition plan and three­bin sys­tem.

“The transition plan of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to be­come more re­spon­si­ble for their own wastes as cost-ef­fec­tively, sus­tain­ably and close to home as pos­si­ble,” a coun­cil re­port said.

It said the plan could im­prove re­cy­cling rates, en­abling the City to ex­ceed the State Gov­ern­ment’s re­source re­cov­ery tar­get of 65 per cent by 2020.

The coun­cil en­dorsed an ap­pli­ca­tion for the Bet­ter Bins Pro­gram, through which the State Gov­ern­ment could po­ten­tially pro­vide about $2.1 mil­lion over two years.

The re­port said the ini­tial cost of rolling out the three bin pro­gram could be $10 mil­lion.

“The City ex­pects to roll out a third bin to res­i­dents at some point in 2019-20,” the re­port said.

“The transition plan does not pro­pose any waste man­age­ment changes for re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als as the City has a con­tract in place with Clean­away un­til Novem­ber 30, 2019.

“It is pro­posed that the City pre­pares it­self to se­cure a provider of re­cy­cling ser­vices post-Novem­ber 2019 within the bound­aries of the City.”

The coun­cil au­tho­rised chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Simms to start dis­cussing with Min­darie Re­gional Coun­cil how the changes would af­fect its strate­gic di­rec­tion and with other lo­cal gov­ern­ments the pos­si­bil­ity of com­bin­ing re­cy­cling col­lec­tions.

Joon­dalup Coun­cil agreed to in­tro­duce the three-bin sys­tem in March and ex­pected to roll out the $5.7 mil­lion pro­ject in 2019.

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