Wanneroo Council endorses three-bin system and local recycling

The City of Wanneroo will roll out the three-bin system, following the lead of neighbouring cities of Joondalup and Stirling.
The City of Wanneroo will roll out the three-bin system, following the lead of neighbouring cities of Joondalup and Stirling.

HOUSEHOLDS could get three bins and recycling could take place locally following the Wanneroo Council’s endorsement of a waste services review.

The council considered a review of waste services delivery at its August 21 meeting and endorsed a transition plan as well as the three-bin system.

“The transition plan offers the opportunity for residents to become more responsible for their own waste as cost effectively, sustainably and close to home as possible,” the council report said.

It said the plan could improve the recycling rates, allowing the City to exceed the State Government’s resource recovery target of 65 per cent by 2020.

The council endorsed an application for the Better Bins Program, through which the State Government could potentially provide about $2.1 million over two years, or about $30 per bin.

The report said the initial cost of rolling out the three-bin program could cost $10 million and funds would be sourced from the City’s waste reserve.

“Subject to council’s further consideration and decision of the Better Bins Program, the City expects to roll out a third bin to residents at some point in 2019-20,” the report said.

“The transition plan does not propose any waste management changes for recyclable materials as the City currently has a contract in place with Cleanaway until November 30, 2019.

“It is proposed that the City prepares itself to secure a provider of recycling services post November 2019 within the boundaries of the City.”

In moving the recommendation, councillor Brett Treby said residents would have seen the “significant cost” of waste services in the $410 fee on their 2018-19 rates notices, which was separated from the overall rates for the first time.

Cr Treby said continuing the current business model would likely see future increases in those fees.

“We need to divert waste from landfill; we need to see waste as a resource,” he said.

Cr Domenic Zappa welcomed the move towards a three-bin system and securing recycling services.

“Waste is the front line service that most of our residents see the City provide on a weekly basis,” she said.

“We need our community to come along this journey with us – the overall strategy signals to everyone that it’s time for change.

“It’s not just the City of Wanneroo that’s responsible for management of waste; it’s also up to the community to help.”

Cr Dot Newton said ABC’s television show War on Waste had “made waste quite sexy at the moment” and praised residents who took part in the City’s waste survey.

The council authorised the chief executive Daniel Simms to start discussing with Mindarie Regional Council how the changes would affect the waste management council’s strategic direction.

It also asked Mr Simms to discuss with other local governments, including the cities of Joondalup and Swan, the possibility of combining recycling collections for a waste management facility within the City of Wanneroo.

The City used to operate a recycling facility on Wangara, which processed waste from Joondalup and Swan as well, but closed that facility in 2014.

Commissioned in 2008, the Motivation Drive centre closed after a 2012 review found it would cost several million dollars to upgrade equipment so the centre could remain viable and it could not cater for projected waste increases.

Joondalup Council agreed to introduce the three-bin system in March and expected to roll out the $5.7 million project in 2019.