Joondalup verge collections to finish this month

Joondalup verge collections to finish this month

CITY of Joondalup verge collections in their present form will finish this month.

The service allows households to dispose of both green waste (garden refuse) and hard waste (furniture, white goods, mattresses) by placing it on their verge during a scheduled two-week period.

The new bulk waste service will be split into two. The green waste collection will remain unchanged, with greens collected loose from verges and recycled.

This will start in the new financial year and a schedule will be publicised when confirmed.

It is proposed the new green waste collection schedule will start in areas such as Duncraig, Padbury, Marmion and Kingsley, which would have had a collection under the existing system in June, July, August and September.

Residents will have 10 days to place out green waste.

Green waste tipping vouchers will be valid during the changeover and residents who were planning for a collection during this period can contact the City to request more vouchers.

The bulk hard waste collection will be an on-request service expected to start in October.

A resident will be able to request collection at a time that suits them and the City will collect the materials from the verge.

This will be limited to three cubic metres.

Residents can also request collection of one mattress and one whitegoods item per year.

The City will soon advertise for hard waste collection tenders, which could be in the form of skips, cages or loose from the verge.

The council will make a decision on the collection method and if residents only pay for the on-request hard waste service if it is used.

If the council does decide this, the cost-equivalent charge would be removed from the present waste service fee.

A waste management review in 2014 indicated the City collected more bulk waste per household than any other local government in Australia and more than double the WA average.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the changes to the bulk waste collection service had come in response to community feedback and the significant rise in waste disposal costs.

“Results of the City’s recent bulk waste perception study found a majority of residents are concerned about the rising costs of waste disposal and wanted the City to do more to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill,” he said.

“The cost of sending waste to landfill continues to rise each year and the City has worked hard on finding a solution that would offer more flexibility to residents, as well as limiting future increases to operational costs.

“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.”

Mr Pickard said the present combined bulk hard and green waste schedule took about 42 weeks to complete through 22 suburbs.