Stirling greenwaste bin teething problems near end


Kim Gorey (managing director Perth Waste Green Recycling) and Sean Sciberras (manager waste and fleet City of Stirling). Picture: Martin Kennealey d435480
Kim Gorey (managing director Perth Waste Green Recycling) and Sean Sciberras (manager waste and fleet City of Stirling). Picture: Martin Kennealey d435480

SINCE City of Stirling’s three bin system was introduced in June, initial “teething problems” with the system have been ironed out according to the City’s infrastructure director.

Michael Littleton said the three-bin collection system had saved about 45 per cent of waste from going to landfill and recycling bins contamination rates had steadily decreased.

“We anticipate that this percentage will improve as residents improve their recycling efforts and as utilisation of the green bin increases,” Mr Littleton said.

“The City is also developing more initiatives to improve recovery of bulk waste from the skip bin.”

The City received complaints about delays in receiving green bins, with some still being delivered in December.

“The backlog of green bins has now been addressed and delivery times can be achieved,” he said.

Mr Littleton admitted the 9400 multi-unit dwellings in the City caused the biggest challenge during the rollout and implementation.

“Bin capacity, contamination and serviceability have been the biggest complaints received to date,” he said.

“The City has staff members focused on reviewing each property to refine the service offering and improve recovery.”

Overall Mr Littleton said the service had been “well received” and the majority understood the recycling process.

“The roll out of the new service was comprehensive and complex and there were most definitely teething problems with the new service,” he said.

“The City appreciates the patience and understanding of the community as we worked through those issues.

“The challenge to review and improve the service remains and the team will continue to develop the service offering over the next 12 months and into the future.”

Mr Littleton said the issue of contamination still needed to be addressed and on demand skip bin take up had been “a little slower than anticipated”.

Since the system was put in place in June last year :

– The City has delivered 83,400 general waste bins (red lid)

– 11,650 recycling bins (yellow lid) delivered with 71,300 bin lids changed

– There have been 53,342 green waste bins delivered to residents with a continual opt in uptake of about 50 requests per week

– 300 mattresses a month have been removed