BOOKINGS for the City of Joondalup’s new on-request bulk waste collection service will start from Friday.
At last month’s meeting, the council unanimously accepted a tender from Cleanaway for bulk hard-waste collections in the City for three years, with an option to extend for another two years.
Cleanaway was one of eight tender submissions the City received between July 2 and 25.
After residents book a collection, a skip bin will be delivered to their property and remain for at least 48 hours depending on whether it is a weekend or weekday.
Skip bins will be available from October 17 and can be filled to a maximum of three cubic metres.
The hard waste will be sorted, with recyclables sent to a local resource recovery facility and the rest taken to landfill.
Householders can also arrange collection of one mattress and one whitegoods item per year, starting from October 10.
At the September 20 meeting, Cr Mike Norman said it was hoped these changes would lift the recycling rates for bulk hard waste from about 4 per cent to an anticipated 65 per cent.
“If this is achieved, that will be a great outcome,” he said.
He also said residents who over-filled their skip bins would be issued a non-compliance notice from the contractor and given 24 hours to rectify the issue.
Infrastructure services director Nico Claassen confirmed the same would happen for residents who put e-waste, household hazardous waste or renovation rubble in their skip bin.
Mayor Troy Pickard said the changes to the City’s collection service were prompted by a 2014 waste service review that found the City collected more bulk waste per household than any other local government in Australia and more than double the WA average.
“This contemporary method of collecting hard bulk waste will offer greater convenience to residents and will also increase the City’s recycling and diversion rates, resulting in cost savings for our community,” he said.
“The cost of sending waste to landfill continues to rise each year and the City has worked hard to find a system that offers more flexibility to residents and limits operational costs, while supporting the City’s target of 65 per cent waste diversion from landfill by 2020.
“By limiting the burden on the City to dispose of waste via landfill it will help to prevent significant rises to the refuse charge that residents receive.
“The on-request system will also reduce the time waste is left out for collection, enhance visual amenity of City streetscapes and reduce the incidence of waste scattering across other property prior to collection.”
The new green waste collection schedule started in July and services remain unchanged. To book a hard waste, mattress or whitegoods collection, call|9449 3363.
More information at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au.