Joon­dalup moves to three bins

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

THE Joon­dalup coun­cil ap­proved a three-bin waste sys­tem across the City at its meet­ing on Tues­day night.

Likely to be rolled out early in 2019, it is part of the City’s com­mit­ment to meet the State Gov­ern­ment’s tar­get of di­vert­ing 65 per cent of waste from land­fill by 2020.

There will be a 140-litre redlid gen­eral waste bin col­lected weekly, a 240-litre lime green­lid gar­den waste bin col­lected fort­nightly and ei­ther a 240litre or 360-litre yel­low-lid re­cy­cling bin col­lected on the al­ter­nate fort­night.

It is ex­pected there will be no change to the 2018-19 house­hold waste charge com­pared to this fi­nan­cial year if house­holds choose the 140 litre redlid gen­eral waste bin.

Res­i­dents can opt for a 240-litre red-lid gen­eral waste bin; how­ever house­holds with a 140-litre bin will have a lower refuse charge by about $80 to $90 per year. This will be con­firmed as part of the 201819 budget process.

The green-lid bin can be used for gar­den waste such as lawn clip­pings, small branches, leaves and flow­ers.

The three-bin sys­tem is in line with Bet­ter Bins Kerb­side Col­lec­tion Guide­lines, which have been de­vel­oped by the Waste Au­thor­ity of WA to help lo­cal gov­ern­ments in­crease di­ver­sion from land­fill.

Joon­dalup Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said im­ple­ment­ing sep­a­rate bins for gen­eral waste, re­cy­clables and gar­den or­gan­ics was viewed as best prac­tice for higher rates of di­ver­sion from land­fill.

“By lim­it­ing the bur­den on dis­pos­ing waste via land­fill, where costs are in­creas­ing an­nu­ally, it will also help the City save hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars each year as well as pre­vent­ing sig­nif­i­cant rises to the res­i­dents’ refuse charge,” he said.

“The costs of dis­pos­ing waste at land­fill is sig­nif­i­cantly more than it is to re­cy­cle and has in­creased from $120 per tonne in 2013-14 to $180 per tonne in 2017-18.

“This is fore­cast to rise even fur­ther.”

The City will now ap­ply to the Waste Au­thor­ity for a grant of up to $1.8 mil­lion to help im­ple­ment the three-bin sys­tem.

This would be phased in sub­urb by sub­urb.

The three-bin sys­tem is likely to be rolled out early next year.

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