City tips rates sav­ing from us­ing smaller bins

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Sarah Brookes

THE City of Kala­munda is con­sid­er­ing of­fer­ing ratepay­ers the op­tion to use a smaller rub­bish bin in ex­change for a lower rates bill.

The pro­gram would help res­i­dents re­duce their house­hold waste and the cost to their hip pocket, as well as deal with spi­ralling waste dis­posal charges.

City chief ex­ec­u­tive Rhonda Hardy said the coun­cil spent $3 mil­lion a year to dis­pose of 19,000 tonnes of gen­eral house­hold waste.

“In ad­di­tion the City spends around $110,000 in pro­cess­ing costs for 5500 tonnes of house­hold waste col­lected from the yel­low re­cy­cling bin,” she said.

Ms Hardy said the coun­cil would con­sider the mat­ter as part of its waste strat­egy re­view.

The Shire of Mun­dar­ing made the move in 1995 to a 140L bin to en­cour­age res­i­dents to re­cy­cle. Chief ex­ec­u­tive Jonathan Throssell said re­duc­ing bin sizes fur­ther would pose dif­fi­cul­ties for col­lec­tion.

“The Shire was one of the first lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the Perth metropoli­tan area to in­tro­duce a bin this size as most oth­ers, in­clud­ing Swan and Kala­munda, in­tro­duced a 240-litre bin,” he said.

“The Shire does not have the abil­ity to im­ple­ment a weighted sys­tem where res­i­dents are charged ac­cord­ing to the amount of waste they gen­er­ate.”

City of Swan chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Fo­ley en­cour­aged com­mu­nity mem­bers pas­sion­ate about the is­sue to join the newly formed Waste Ad­vi­sory Group.

“The City’s stan­dard house­hold waste bin size is 240L, which en­sures res­i­dents have enough space to avoid con­tam­i­nat­ing their re­cy­cling bins with any over­flow waste,” he said.

“This is par­tic­u­larly important at peak times for waste such as Christ­mas.”

Mr Fo­ley said last fi­nan­cial year more than 40,000 tonnes of waste from weekly house­hold green lid bins was pro­cessed at a cost of more than $7 mil­lion.

A Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion spokes­woman said the State Gov­ern­ment’s $20 mil­lion Bet­ter Bins pro­gram re­warded lo­cal gov­ern­ments that pro­vided more bin ca­pac­ity for re­cy­cling and less ca­pac­ity for gen­eral waste.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ments that pro­vide 140 litres or less of gen­eral waste ca­pac­ity per week qual­ify for an ex­tra $6 per house­hold in fund­ing over those lo­cal gov­ern­ments that of­fer the stan­dard 240 litres,” she said.

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