City of Cockburn wants residents to be ‘good sorts’ as it rolls out new three-bin campaign

Waste Education Officers Natasha and Shannon.
Waste Education Officers Natasha and Shannon.

CITY of Cockburn is encouraging residents to be a “good sort” as part of its new three-bin campaign.

The introduction of the City’s new green-lid bin for garden waste is part of the initiative encouraging residents to use the bins correctly.

Over the next three years the City’s Waste Services Unit will help more than 29,000 residents learn how to use all three bins.

About 4500 have already rolled out to properties in Hamilton Hill and Leeming.

According to Cockburn Waste manager Lyall Davieson City Waste Education Officers had reported successes with the system, despite some locals complaining bin audits were an invasion of their privacy, or those who were unhappy when they received a ‘sad face’ tag for not putting their waste in the right bin.

He added attitudes towards waste was continually evolving as people realised it was up to them to sort their waste correctly for recycling.

“There will be people who take longer to learn about what goes in what bin,” he said.

“Repeat offenders will be left behind by the vast majority who are excited to play their part in reducing the waste they generate and helping to make useful by-products.

“The tide is turning.

“While some people are vocal about our education officers inspecting their bins others are hungry for information about how to ‘be a good sort’.

“They want to do the right thing and sort their rubbish correctly.”

Staff will deliver new 140L red-lidded rubbish bins and swap dark green lids for lime green ones on existing 240L bins, changing them to garden waste bins.

The 240L garden waste bin will be collected fortnightly, while the 140L red-lid rubbish bin and the yellow-lid recycling bin, for paper, plastic, metal, cardboard and glass, will still be collected weekly.

Waste Education Officers will also visit residents to help them understand what waste to put in each bin.

For for more information visit www.cockburn.wa.gov.au/Waste-and-Environment/Rubbish-Waste-and-Recycling/How-to-Use-Your-Bins/Three-Bin-System.

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