City to stick with skip bin col­lec­tions

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

THE City of Joon­dalup’s bulk hard waste col­lec­tion will con­tinue with the skip bin method de­spite a pe­ti­tion to re­in­state sched­uled verge col­lec­tions.

Coun­cil­lors at last month’s meet­ing voted 11-1 not to bring back the sched­uled ser­vice af­ter as­sess­ing a 493-sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion that was re­ceived in July.

In­fra­struc­ture ser­vices di­rec­tor Nico Claassen said with the old verge col­lec­tion sys­tem the City col­lected more bulk hard waste per house­hold than any other lo­cal gov­ern­ment in Aus­tralia and more than dou­ble the WA av­er­age.

“Since the in­tro­duc­tion of the on-re­quest sys­tem, the City has in­creased its over­all di­ver­sion from just un­der 50 per cent to just un­der 60 per cent,” he said.

“This change has also re­duced the cost by about $1.8 mil­lion. Rev­ert­ing to a sched­uled ser­vice would cost about $2.3 mil­lion.”

He said the pe­ti­tion “did not pro­vide any rea­sons for re­turn­ing to the pre­vi­ous sched­uled bulk hard waste ser­vice”.

How­ever, he said the City did re­view queries and is­sues raised by res­i­dents, which in­cluded re­quests for more skip bins, mat­tress and white good col­lec­tions and con­cerns for some res­i­dents to lift and place items into the skip bins.

Coun­cil­lors voted to ap­prove an ad­di­tional 3 cu­bic me­tre skip bin at a charge to res­i­dents based on the City’s con­tracted rate for col­lec­tion and pro­cess­ing and to al­low one col­lec­tion of up to six mat­tresses and one col­lec­tion of up to four white good items per year, an in­crease from the one item each al­lowed pre­vi­ously.

At the brief­ing, Edge­wa­ter res­i­dent Jue­hui Quan said the City’s on-re­quest sys­tem had lim­i­ta­tions, in­clud­ing the size of the bin which re­quired items to be bro­ken down, some­times with power tools, health and safety risks for older res­i­dents and tim­ing, with peo­ple hav­ing to wait “usu­ally two weeks” for a bin.

Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said it was “a valid con­cern” and moved an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to “ex­plore and con­sider fur­ther op­tions to pro­vide as­sis­tance to those res­i­dents that can­not load bulk hard waste items from the verge into the skip bin”.

Cr Christo­pher May said while he agreed with the changes, he had made a com­mit­ment to sup­port re­in­stat­ing the sched­uled verge col­lec­tion sys­tem.

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