It expects to save about $2.7 million in processing costs per year under the new arrangement with Transpacific Cleanaway, which will also process the co-mingled items of the cities of Wanneroo and Swan.
Under the three-year contract, recyclables will be taken to the Bayswater Material Recycling Facility, which the City said had an 85 per cent recovery rate.
Since the early 2000s the three cities have used the City of Wanneroo-run Wangara Recycling Centre, which processes about 43,000 tonnes each year, with Joondalup providing 40 per cent of the recyclables, Wanneroo (38) and Swan (22).
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the contract ‘reduces exposure to risk by eliminating fluctuations on commodity markets for the sale of the recovered recyclables’.
‘It will also boost the amount of recyclables removed from landfill,’ he said.
‘Transpacific Cleanaway also has processing plants throughout the metropolitan area, which means materials can still be recycled if one plant needs to be closed for maintenance.’
– Ratepayers will still put out their yellow-top recycling bins for kerbside collection as normal on a fortnightly basis.