Recycling goes weekly

Brett McGinnes (waste business manager) looks on as Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey chats with driver Bernie Hayes. Picture: Martin Kennealey d401504
Brett McGinnes (waste business manager) looks on as Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey chats with driver Bernie Hayes. Picture: Martin Kennealey d401504

Three trucks have arrived as part of the change and Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said residents could expect to see road signs, newspaper advertisements and mail in their letterbox advising them of the new weekly collection service.

Councillors voted to move from a fortnightly pick-up to a weekly collection as part last June of the push to achieve Zero Waste by 2020 with a focus on recycling.

The City previously trialled using 360L bins instead of the regular 240L bins for fortnightly collection in selected areas in 2011, but councillors voted a weekly service was more appropriate.

The new weekly recycling pick-ups with 240L bins requires three extra recycling waste trucks and will increase the use of existing collection trucks.

In 2012, the City said that with the option of leasing the trucks, the City estimated the cost would be about $2.7 million for the first four years and about $750,000 per annum after that.

Acting chief executive Marten Tielemen said residents were provided with a complete service for waste collection and disposal.

‘The cost of waste collection includes weekly general waste, recycling collections and bulk verge collections consisting of three green waste and one junk and white goods collections per annum,’ he said.

‘The current rateable charge for the 2012/13 period is $379.00.

‘The 2013/14 waste collection rates are yet to be confirmed.’

‘It is our intention to lead cultural change among our residents and reduce the volume of waste material going to landfill, in line with the State Government’s Zero Waste policy,’ he said.

‘We hope residents will embrace the new weekly service and make an extra effort to recycle.’

Five residents who put out their recycling bins for the first collection will win an iPad. The winners will find a Golden Ticket stuck under their lids.