Skip bins lead to cost jump

The introduction of skip bins will add cost.
The introduction of skip bins will add cost.

From July next year, the annual bulk junk verge collections in Stirling will be replaced with one skip bin per home for household junk, which will be delivered on request.

Two additional skip bins can be ordered for an additional charge.

The City currently spends $3.6 million on green and junk waste kerbside collections each year and this is expected to increase by about $27 per household under the new system.

The skip bins are a part of the City’s new waste management practices, which include a three-bin household waste system, green verge waste collected on a nine-month cycle and bulk junk verge collections replaced with the skip bins.

City waste and fleet manager Sean Sciberras said a private company would be contracted to deliver and pick up the skip bins. Once ordered by residents, skip bins are expected to be on site for two to three days, with bulk household junk able to be deposited in the bins.

Mr Sciberras said mattresses, e-waste and whitegoods would be collected separately.

‘Waste placed in skip bins will be monitored by the contractor collecting the skip bins,’ he said.

‘Any non-conforming waste noted by the contractor will be relayed to the City, with appropriate action taken dependent on the type of non-conforming waste.’

Mr Sciberras said the City would specify that recyclable items placed in skip bins are diverted from landfill.