Third bin may be wheeled out

Chief executive Stuart Cole said the City planned to evaluate whether the program would provide any additional environmental and financial benefit in addition to the existing recycling initiatives currently undertaken by the City.

Last month, the State Government announced a $7.5 million grant program to help Perth councils trial a three-bin system to improve kerbside recycling rates.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said WA councils used a range of waste collection systems, but only seven had a three-bin system.

‘This partly explains why WA kerbside recycling rates are variable, and generally lower, than the eastern states,’ he said.

‘A three-bin system is used widely in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Kerbside recycling rates in those states are between 50-60 per cent, compared to about 15-30 per cent for many Perth councils using the two-bin system.’

Results from the two-year pilot program would provide data about whether the broader scale system was warranted in WA for more effective kerbside waste management.

Mr Cole said the City would investigate ongoing costs to ratepayers to run the program. He said recycling and effective waste management was important to the City, which currently runs several initiatives.

WA Local Government Association President Troy Pickard said for homes in the metropolitan area, they are tracking toward a 39 per cent diversion of waste from landfill but with a target of 50 per cent by 2015.

‘Since 2001 household waste going to landfill has reduced by about 10 per cent despite a population increase of about 30 per cent.’