COSTS of processing recycling material will drop while travel time will increase when local councils shift to a contract with a private company.
City of Wanneroo business director Chris Morrison said Transpacific Industries, which owns Cleanaway, would process recycling material from households in the cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Swan for $33.39 per tonne, excluding transport, from December.
‘Processing costs (including transportation) for one tonne of dry recyclable material collected from our residents’ kerbsides is (currently) $154,’ he said.
‘Over a three-year period, this change will result in savings of between $4 and $6 million dollars to the City of Wanneroo.’
Although the City will transport material to Cleanaway’s Bayswater facility rather than Wangara recycling centre (WRC), Mr Morrison said there were no plans to increase the current fleet of six recycling trucks.
‘Administration is always looking for ways to improve its efficiency in operation and these changes in travel time will be incorporated as part of this process,’ he said. ‘There are no plans to increase the fleet or change services days for residents.
‘The Transpacific plant has a higher tolerance for compaction compared to the WRC, which means more bins can be collected per load, improving our collection efficiency,’ he said.
‘Vehicle weights should not have any bearing on recyclable material being diverted to landfill.’
Mr Morrison said the Wangara facility did not meet the needs of the three partner cities, and would close in December unless contract negotiations finished earlier.
‘The time and money required to upgrade the facility would have seen the plant having to close for an extended period of time and this still would not have addressed the growing populations’ requirements,’ he said.
‘The three partner cities require a plant over twice the size of the existing WRC operation and it was not possible to achieve this through facility upgrades.’
Mr Morrison said the facility would go through a decommissioning phase before the City discussed the future of the Motivation Drive site, which also processes green waste.
He said employees were offered voluntary redundancy or redeployment within the City, and the Times understands that most of the 37 employees had taken redundancy offers.
Mr Morrison said they were currently doing a strategic waste management plan to address the needs of the region.
He said for the tender to progress, partner cities had to gain approval from elected members and the process was completed when Joondalup City Council voted in favour in September.