Cock­burn tries three bins


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE three-bin sys­tem be­ing tested in Hamil­ton Hill will be rolled out across Cock­burn, de­spite op­po­si­tion from the South Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gional Coun­cil (SMRC).

In Oc­to­ber, 1200 homes were given a lime-green-topped bin for green waste, a yel­low­topped re­cy­cling bin for re­cy­clables and a red-lid­ded bin for gen­eral rub­bish.

The aim is to have rub­bish sep­a­rated at the source to lead to re­duced con­tam­i­na­tion and more op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­cy­cle.

In a re­port pre­pared for last Thurs­day’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing, Cock­burn’s en­gi­neer­ing and works ser­vices di­rec­tor Charles Sul­li­van called for the three-bin sys­tem to be in­tro­duced city-wide over the next three years.

He said the fi­nan­cial sav­ings from the city pro­cess­ing green waste it­self would be con­sid­er­able.

Be­fore the Hamil­ton Hill trial, the SMRC – which counts the Town of East Fre­man­tle, City of Fre­man­tle, City of Kwinana and City of Melville among its mem­bers – voted against ap­proval for the trial.

It also sought an en­gi­neer to de­ter­mine what it would lose dur­ing the ex­per­i­ment in terms of green waste ton­nage.

In April, City of Melville of­fi­cers re­ported the in­tro­duc­tion of a third bin across Cock­burn would cause the SMRC’s new strate­gic waste man­age­ment plan, due for adop­tion in June, to flop and could lead to a $7 mil­lion bud­get deficit.

At the time SMRC chair­man and City of Melville deputy mayor Cameron Schus­ter said Cock­burn was in vi­o­la­tion of the Project Par­tic­i­pant’s Agree­ment.

“Their re­quest (in Septem­ber 2015) was re­jected by all project par­tic­i­pants,” he said.

“The fi­nan­cial loss as a re­sult of re­duced ton­nage from the City of Cock­burn’s ac­tions is pro­jected to be $200,000 over the 12-month trial pe­riod.

“The SMRC’s to­tal op­er­at­ing in­come bud­get for 2015-16 is $30.1 mil­lion.”

Le­gal ad­vice to the city was not made pub­lic in Mr Sul­li­van’s re­port, but he said any com­pen­sa­tion from a city-wide in­tro­duc­tion would be min­i­mal.

“Any com­pen­sa­tion to the SMRC is a mi­nor cost of the over­all waste stream,” he said.

“Should coun­cil re­solve to with­draw from the Project Par­tic­i­pants Agree­ment, a 12-month no­tice pe­riod must be given and com­pen­sa­tion would be payable to the SMRC for any green waste di­verted dur­ing that time.”

At the meet­ing on Thurs­day, coun­cil­lor Kevin Allen ar­gued the de­ci­sion should be de­ferred one month so a meet­ing be­tween the SMRC, it’s mem­bers and the City could iden­tify just how much the city would have to pay.

He es­ti­mated it would be $1.7 mil­lion, based on the amount of green waste col­lected in the city and the $232 a tonne it costs to process it with the SMRC.

Cock­burn’s fi­nance and cor­po­rate ser­vices di­rec­tor Stu­art Down­ing said ad­vice he had re­ceived was that the fig­ure would be well be­low that.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d439800

Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett and Hamil­ton Hill res­i­dent Roberta Leary with the new bins.

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