Waste plan on tar­get

Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

THE City of Joon­dalup is on the way to achiev­ing its waste di­ver­sion tar­gets.

Last year, the City in­tro­duced its new waste man­age­ment plan for 2016 to 2021.

The plan aims to have a 65 per cent di­ver­sion rate over the next two years, which is a tar­get set by the State Gov­ern­ment in its waste man­age­ment strat­egy.

“The City’s over­all re­cy­cling rate is now at 59.8 per cent and we are on tar­get to achieve an over­all 65 per cent di­ver­sion rate by 2020,” Mayor Troy Pickard said.

Last Oc­to­ber, the City also in­tro­duced a new bulk verge col­lec­tion ser­vice.

“The on-re­quest bulk hard waste ser­vice has achieved sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive re­sults in terms of cost sav­ings, in­creased di­ver­sion rates from land­fill and im­proved visual amenity on streets,” Mr Pickard said.

Un­der the sys­tem, res­i­dents can book one three cu­bic me­tre skip bin per fi­nan­cial year. The hard waste is then sorted for re­cy­clables at a lo­cal re­source re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity with only the non-re­cy­clable waste taken to land­fill.

Res­i­dents can also ar­range one mat­tress and one white­goods col­lec­tion per year.

“In the pe­riod to June 30, 2017, the City’s di­ver­sion rate from land­fill from bulk hard waste col­lec­tions in­creased from 2 per cent prior to the com­mence­ment of the new sys­tem to 48 per cent,” Mr Pickard said.

“The cost of send­ing waste to land­fill con­tin­ues to rise each year and the City has worked hard to find a so­lu­tion that of­fers more flex­i­bil­ity to res­i­dents as well as lim­it­ing fu­ture in­creases to op­er­a­tional costs.

“There has been no in­crease in the City’s refuse charges over the past three years.”

How­ever, res­i­dents are con­tin­u­ing to ex­press their con­cerns with the sys­tem.

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Joon­dalup Mayor Troy Pickard is pleased with his coun­cil’s re­cy­cling rate.

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