Waste not, want not with new bins

Kylie Gollan and her children Cooper (4) and Olivia (6), City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert, Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Waste Services Authority chairman Marcus Geisler.
Kylie Gollan and her children Cooper (4) and Olivia (6), City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert, Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Waste Services Authority chairman Marcus Geisler.

The City is the latest local government to sign up to the State Government�s Better Bins initiative to increase recycling and improve kerbside collections.

Better Bins was launched in January last year as a $7.5 million pilot program, with a further $20 million injected to extend the scheme.

As part of the program, seven local governments will roll-out the same three bin colour coded waste system with a red lid bin for general waste, yellow for co-mingled recycling and green for green waste.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said separating waste helped support recycling by reducing the amount of non-recyclable materials in the recycling streams.

�Only 38 per cent of WA�s waste stream is recycled, with materials worth millions of dollars being sent to landfill each year,� he said.

�We can do a lot better and it�s encouraging to see local councils come on board in this way to help increase our rate of recycling.

�Providing uniform lid colours between different council areas also helps homeowners better understand what type of waste goes into what bin, regardless of where they live.�

Mayor Sylvan Albert said the City was an industry leader in waste collection, being the first to introduce a co-mingled recycled service in the 1990s and a three-bin household waste collection system in 1996.

�In many ways our involvement in this program demonstrates our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement,� he said.

�This project will provide positive benefits to the approximately 27,000 households within the City of Bayswater and those benefits will help the environment too, and we know that�s important to our community.

�It will result in an enhanced service for our residents and will upgrade our household waste collection system even further.

�We will be rolling out the bin replacement program to our residents in the near future � a measure greatly assisted by this State Government grant.�

The City of Stirling, towns of Cambridge and Cottesloe and the shires of Capel, Donnybrook-Balingup and Chittering are also taking part in Better Bins.

436503p – Kylie Gollan and her children Cooper (4) and Olivia (6), Mayor Sylvan Albert, Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Waste Services Authority chairman Marcus Geisler.