Wrong bin pick-up a one-off in­ci­dent

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Karen Hunt

EA­GLE-eyed Bridgetown res­i­dents who saw re­cy­cling bins be­ing emp­tied into the gen­eral rub­bish col­lec­tion truck last week have been as­sured this was an iso­lated in­ci­dent.

“Our rub­bish was just col­lected min­utes ago and both our gen­eral waste and re­cy­cling bins were emp­tied into the same truck,” an irate res­i­dent wrote in an online fo­rum on Thurs­day.

“They did the same with our neigh­bour’s bins. Clearly there’s no point in re­cy­cling if Bridgetown shire is just dump­ing the whole lot in to­gether!”

Bridgetown-Green­bushes shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tim Clynch said his staff had con­tacted the con­trac­tor in­volved, Clean­away, which con­firmed the in­ci­dent but had as­sured the coun­cil it was a one-off.

“Clean­away con­ducted its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion and con­firmed to the shire that one of its driv­ers had made a se­ri­ous er­ror of judge­ment,” Mr Clynch said.

“The ex­pla­na­tion given by the driver was that he had no­ticed the re­cy­cling bins hadn’t been col­lected so he made a de­ci­sion to empty these bins into the rub­bish truck.

“This is a se­ri­ous breach as nor­mally in this sit­u­a­tion ar­range­ments are made for the bins to be emp­tied by an al­ter­na­tive ve­hi­cle.

“Clean­away has as­sured the shire it will use its own in­ter­nal pro­cesses to en­sure this type of er­ror doesn’t oc­cur again.” A spokes­woman told the Man­jimup-Bridgetown Times that Clean­away did not con­done or tol­er­ate mix­ing re­cy­clables with gen­eral waste and was ad­dress­ing the mat­ter with its driver di­rectly.

“We will also be un­der­tak­ing ad­di­tional train­ing of our lo­cal team to re­in­force the cor­rect prac­tice to en­sure all re­cy­clables pre­sented for col­lec­tion are cor­rectly picked up to en­sure max­i­mum di­ver­sion from land­fill,” she said.

Mr Clynch said he was sat­is­fied with the com­pany’s ex­pla­na­tion but would keep an eye on the sit­u­a­tion and en­cour­aged res­i­dents to no­tify the coun­cil of any is­sues.

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

Doors Wide Open founder Lina Pugh, vol­un­teer Court­ney Mar­shall and founder Julie Kent, right, speak to Man­jimup Se­nior High School stu­dents Casey Moloney, 17, Court­ney Muir, 16, and Dar­cie Bow­den, 16, about metham­phetamine.

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