How a smaller green waste bin could lower your rates bill and your environmental footprint.
RESIDENTS in the City of Swan could face a smaller rates bill if the council were to adopt a smaller green waste bin.
The City of Kalamunda is considering the move, which would save money and reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.
The City of Mundaring made the move in 1995 to a 140L bin to encourage residents to recycle.
In the 2017-18 financial year 43,466.76 tonnes of waste was collected from green waste bins from households in the City of Swan at a cost of more than $7 million, while 12,000 tonnes of recycling was collected fortnightly from yellow lid bins and processed at a cost of $301,000.
Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the City’s standard 240L bin gave residents more space for household waste, despite a recent bin audit that found 14 to 17 per cent of residents’ waste contents could be recycled.
“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.
“Our 360L recycling bins give residents a greater amount of space to place more recyclables into their recycling bin.”
Mr Foley encouraged residents who were passionate about waste to join the newly formed Waste Advisory Group.
“The more we can transfer to the recycling bin without causing contamination, the better,” he said.
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.
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