New Ways on Green Waste Recycling in North

GREEN waste management is under review in the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup.

The City of Wanneroo, which currently processes all green waste from both areas at its Wangara facility, has asked the Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) to help provide a recycling solution.

The MRC agreed in April to help find an appropriate solution to the waste stream, which includes green waste collections for ratepayers and green waste produces from parks and other council-managed land.

City acting infrastructure director Harminder Singh said recycling green waste was a key service and it did not plan to stop providing it.

“The City of Wanneroo provides a green waste service to its ratepayers, produces green waste through its parks and gardens activities and also provides bulk green waste collection services to the City of Joondalup,” he said.

“The Mindarie Regional Council has indicated it will work with the member councils to find solutions to increasing green waste recycling needs.

“At this stage, the City is not planning to close the green waste recycling facility in Wangara.”

According to a report presented to the MRC in April, options could include processing the greens material to make compost or combining it with compost from the Neerabup resource recovery facility.

The MRC currently accepts general rubbish at Neerabup and the Tamala Park landfill site from its member councils – the cities of Joondalup, Wanneroo, Perth, Stirling and Vincent, plus the towns of Cambridge and Victoria Park.

The report said the City of Stirling might also be interested in using a new service but only after its current contract ends, while the other member councils indicated they would not be interested initially.

“Not all members may require these services – any costs associated with these services would be paid for by the members who require the service, rather than being subsidised by the other members,” the report said.

“Based on the aggregation of tonnes (economies of scale) it (MRC) is likely to achieve a more cost-effective outcome than councils operating in isolation.”

Mr Singh said the City employed three people at the Wangara facility, where they turned green waste into mulch that ratepayers could collect.