Joondalup moves to three bins
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.