City of Cockburn staging roullout of green waste bins

A Cockburn green waste truck picks up a garden waste bin during a trial in Hamilton Hill.
A Cockburn green waste truck picks up a garden waste bin during a trial in Hamilton Hill.

THE City of Cockburn remains in talks over grant opportunities to help it roll out green waste bins across the City.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob recently talked up councils that use three rubbish bins, and said those who had participated in the State Government’s Better Bins pilot program had recovered nearly double the amount of waste compared to councils with two bins.

“The difference in recycling rates shows use of a third bin for green waste clearly produced better results,” he said.

“When it’s easier for households to recycle green waste, such as garden clippings, recovering other waste products improved as well.”

Mr Jacob said the State Government had $15.4 million available to help councils roll out a third bin.

The City of Cockburn is staging its rollout of a third green waste bin for properties larger than 400sq m, following a trial last year.

Eligible Leeming residents received theirs in early September, with Hamilton Hill residents next.

Success, Hammond Park, Atwell and Aubin Grove will be the last Cockburn suburbs get one in 2019-20.

Cockburn’s engineering and works director Charles Sullivan said the City was in talks with the Waste Authority to establish a funding arrangement under the Better Bins Program to assist its rollout.

However, he said Cockburn would still be in a strong financial position should they be unsuccessful.

“Over the course of the implementation, the City will absorb the capital outlay with no additional costs to residents,” he said.

“Cost recovery will be generated from the savings of moving to a three-bin system, which will be redistributed into the program, for the benefit of residents.”