Council pines for green waste bin

Cottesloe sustainbaility officer Nikki Pursell and Jade Muir... a green waste bin would mean council staff would no longer need to rake pine needles. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d402745
Cottesloe sustainbaility officer Nikki Pursell and Jade Muir... a green waste bin would mean council staff would no longer need to rake pine needles. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d402745

‘The introduction of the fortnightly kerb-side green waste collections would eliminate the need for the Town’s staff to spend time and resources for any additional residential verge clean-ups,’ a staff report said.

It is estimated that giving each home a green waste wheelie bin, in addition to the current 120L household waste and 240L recycling bins, would save the council about $90,000 by diverting about a quarter, or 575 tonnes, of Cottesloe’s cuttings and branches from landfill each year.

The same service increased rubbish being diverted from landfill to about 65 per cent of all waste at the City of Nedlands from 2008.

Cottesloe proposes to cancel the green waste components of its May and November bulk verge collections to help increase its waste diversion rate from 30 per cent to 50 per cent. The remaining 1725 tonnes of the Town’s green waste would go to the DiCom recycling plant in Shenton Park in dedicated March and September collections that would complement the fortnightly green bin collection.

‘The convenience of being provided with a bin for green waste encourages a much greater participation rate, while the alternative is that people will continue to place grass clippings, leaves into the general rubbish bins that ends up in landfill,’ chief executive Carl Askew said.

Mr Askew said he hoped any post-merger council would value the third bins, which would cost $48,000 for 3300 bins, and be bought with State Government assistance in the first year of the new service that could start in December.

Councillors will consider ratepayer responses to the third bin proposal at their meeting next month.