City wary of extra bins

Environment Minister Albert Jacob earlier this month announced $7.5 million would be used to help councils offset the cost of an optional two-year pilot program to trial the three bin system and improve kerbside recycling rates.

Stirling uses a single-bin system, with all waste sorted at the Atlas Materials recovery facility in Mirrabooka, compared with the Government’s proposed program to have households sort general waste, recyclables and green waste.

Mr Eves said the City was reviewing waste recycling options in conjunction with the Mindarie Regional Council and would consider any proposal put forward to enhance existing processes.

‘The City is proud of the success of its one-bin policy, which has achieved at least 65 per cent recycling of domestic waste during the better part of the past 10 years,’ Mr Eves said.

‘Storing multiple bins will be a challenge for households on smaller blocks and increasing multi-unit development sites, along with the environmental and green house impacts of increased number of collection rounds.

‘Due to the significant financial impact on households, council would need to be certain of the real benefits.’