Yellow bin for glass

IN response to Terry Beahan�s letter in the December 8 edition headlined �Bit confusing�, the City reiterates that all residents should use their yellow-topped bins when disposing of glass items.

The City is taking part in the Mindarie Regional Council�s �No Glass� campaign, which aims to reduce the amount of glass being disposed of in general waste (or green-topped) bins.

All green-topped bins are taken to the regional council�s Resource Recovery Facility in Neerabup where its organic waste contents are separated to make compost.

Unfortunately, small glass shards can contaminate this compost, limiting its use.

Mr Beahan asks where items such as flowerpots and soup bowls, Delft or amphora should be disposed.

While these items are best placed in the yellow-topped bin, there is a low possibility of recovery as their broken condition and lack of available markets make it difficult for re-use.

In the past, one bin was supplied to residents for all rubbish items.

There are now multiple collection methods available in which different materials can be recovered and re-used.

The challenge for local government is to communicate effectively to its ratepayers about new technologies and recovery methods as they come into the workplace.

Mr Beahan may be interested to know that the City�s Waste Management Plan 2015-2020, which will guide the City�s waste management practices over the next five years, will soon go before council for final adoption.

This important plan will ensure increased diversion rates from landfill and inform future long-term planning for waste management in the City.

GARRY HUNT,

chief executive,

City of Joondalup.

THANK you to all those shopping centres that have displayed the beautiful Nativity Scene, thereby reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas.

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