RESIDENTIAL bins are set to be tagged with happy and sad faces as part of the City of Canning’s new plan to crack down on incorrectly recycled materials.
The City’s new bin education program has begun to roll out in select areas and over the next six weeks random recycling and general waste bins will be subject to kerbside inspections.
Waste education officers will provide constructive feedback about recycling more and wasting less through a performance feedback tag on each bin handle.
A happy face tag indicates the contents are appropriate, while a sad face tag indicates there are contaminated items in the recycling bin, or items in the general waste bin that can be recycled.
Canning Mayor Paul Ng said the community’s attitude towards recycling was good but there was room for improvement.
“It’s an education gap, a simple lack of knowledge about what isn’t and is recyclable. This program aims to address this barrier by providing reminders about what can and cannot go into which bin,” he said.
WALGA said similar recycling programs in South Australia helped reduce waste contamination by up to 60 per cent.