City to stick with skip bin collections
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.