A MOTION to reduce the cost of $185 to $90 for an extra red-lid rubbish bin was rejected at the City of Rockingham’s council meeting on Tuesday night.
It concerned the City’s recently implemented Better Bins program where the general waste bin was reduced from a 240-litre bin to a 140-litre bin, a larger recycling bin and new green waste bin.
Fees for additional bins are: Waste bin 240L, $229; 140L, $185; and recycling bin 240L, $62; 360L, $82.
Deputy mayor Deb Hamblin said several residents had contacted her about the smaller bin.
“I was approached by a number of residents, particularly parents with small children in nappies,” she said.
“They are struggling with the smaller size and some said they had been warned for having overflowing bins.
“I want to reduce the fee to $90 only for those who feel they can not cope.”
Councillors Elliott, Downham and Stewart said there was a good reason for the smaller bins.
“It has just been put in place and an earlier report suggests no changes be made until the system is audited at the end of 2017,” Cr Elliott said.
“We can not give people bigger bins or they won’t recycle and the City will fail to meet its target recycling rate of 65 per cent.”
Cr Downham agreed it was too early to change the fees.
“The system had only just been put in place; let it settle,” he said.
“I have to agree with crs Elliott and Downham – it encourages poor household management,” said Cr Stewart.
Cr Hamblin said the motion for an additional rubbish only service was just for the 2017-18 financial year.
The motion was lost 5-2.