Green money

How a smaller green waste bin could lower your rates bill and your en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print.

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

The size of coun­cil rub­bish bins could shrink.

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