Three-bin system approved for Wanneroo

Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli and Mayor Tracey Roberts with three bins.
Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli and Mayor Tracey Roberts with three bins.

THE City of Wanneroo will implement a three-bin system to collect food and garden organic waste separately following council approval on Tuesday night.

The council authorised staff to invite tenders for a contractor to collect the organic waste at its July 2 meeting.

It also authorised the chief executive Daniel Simms to finalise a Better Bins Program funding agreement with the Waste Authority, which was expected to provide up to $2.4 million to roll out the program with the remainder of funding to be taken from the City’s $8.9 million waste reserve.

Currently, City of Wanneroo residents have two 240 litre bins – a dark green domestic waste bin and a yellow-lid recycling bin.

Under the three-bin system, households will use a lime green bin for food organics and garden organics (FOGO), a red lid bin for general rubbish items that cannot be composted or recycled such as nappies, meat trays and hygiene products, and a yellow lid bin for recyclables.

The three bin system that the City of Wanneroo is introducing will be different from the bins in the cities of Joondalup and Stirling.

Community consultation has reflected a strong desire for households to choose their rubbish and recycling bin sizes, and this will be considered by council as part of the roll out.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the change from two to three bins aligned with the City’s waste strategy and the State Government’s waste directions policy.

“It’s in line with our community’s desire to see less waste go into landfill,” she said.

The system is expected to increase the household recycling rate in the City from 40 to 59 per cent by turning organics into compost.

“We all have a responsibility to our environment; this system is going to have a huge impact on that future environment,” Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli said.

Councillor Domenic Zappa said his support depended on “how the numbers stack up” and cost needed to be at the forefront of council’s decision-making.

Cr Zappa said the three -bin system was expected to save the City between $21 million and $34 million over 10 years, which would save residents’ rates.

Cr Brett Treby said the City was also investigating an incentives program that would reward people who put different waste types in the right bins.

Cr Paul Miles said he had doubts about what would happen to the City’s commitments to Mindarie Regional Council and the resource recovery facility in Neerabup, where general household waste currently goes to be turned into compost.

Cr Miles and Dot Newton said they hoped the system would lead to a reduction in the $410 waste service fee on rates notices and Crs Frank Cvitan and Miles aired concerns about whether smaller properties had space for a third bin.

The 2019-20 budget allocated $320,000 for salaries of additional resources needed to roll out the program and $250,000 for marketing and community engagement.

The City plans to invite tenders this month.

Mrs Roberts said the City had carried out extensive research to ensure the best outcome for residents and the environment.

“A three bin system provides an opportunity for residents to actively make a positive difference to our environment,” she said.

“The introduction of a third bin for the disposal of organic waste will help achieve a greater diversion of waste from landfill, as well as reduce the cost of waste management.

”The City of Wanneroo will also be one of the first local governments to meet the state government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 target of introducing a Three Bin FOGO Kerbside Collection System.”

In mid-2018 the City conducted a community survey regarding waste management, where 89 per cent of respondents wanted the City to separate garden and food waste, to promote greater recycling.

The City hopes to introduce the new service in the 2020-21 financial year. Bulk collection services will not be affected.

For more information, visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/threebinsfaqs.

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