Better Bins Program no good at all says resident


A disgruntled Mark Shepherd. Picture: Jon Hewson    d464820
A disgruntled Mark Shepherd. Picture: Jon Hewson d464820

ROCKINGHAM resident Mark Shepherd has described the City of Rockingham’s Better Bins Program as one of the most “mismanaged things” he has ever experienced.

“The new non-recycle rubbish bin is almost half the size of what it was,” he said.

“Most weeks the old bin was full and it worked fine.

“So what are we supposed to do with the rubbish that won’t fit in that bin?”

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Mr Shepherd was also concerned about the size of the recycle bin.

“Was any consideration given to the elderly?” he asked.

“How are the elderly going to move this extra big recycle bin as it’s big enough to move without anything in it, let alone if it’s full.”

Mr Shepherd is also concerned a third bin will not be available for three months.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the introduction of the Better Bins Program was a key element included in the Waste Collection Strategy adopted by the City in January 2015.

“The program involves rolling out larger 360-litre recycling bins, the progressive rollout of 140-litre general waste bins to new and replacement services as part of the new standard service, and introducing a three-bin collection system in 2016-17 using the existing 240-litre recycling bin for green waste,” he said.

“The reason for introducing the three-bin system is that recycling rates from kerbside collections have remained static. A waste audit identified that approximately 20 per cent of waste collected in the general waste bin was green waste and an additional 10 per cent was recyclable material.”

Mr Sammels said feedback through social media and the City’s customer satisfaction surveys indicated the need for increased recycling.

“The introduction of a fortnightly 360-litre bin collection was the preferred option,” the mayor said.

“This decision created the opportunity to utilise the existing 240 litre recycling bin for the green waste collection.

“The introduction of the green waste collection and the larger recycling bins should enable the City’s recycling rates to increase significantly.

“The motivation for the new smaller waste bins was to change recycling habits and to reduce waste.”