Town of Cambridge bin ban leads to clothes collection

Waste minimisation officer Jackie Dickson and Cr Pauline O'Connor.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d455150
Waste minimisation officer Jackie Dickson and Cr Pauline O'Connor. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d455150

THE Town of Cambridge will collect household clothing twice a year after banning charity bins on public land.

Several amendments, put forward by councillor Jane Powell, made to waste management were adopted at the May 24 council meeting.

The Town will have two bulk verge collections for green waste and junk at no charge to ratepayers, household hazardous waste collections from drop-off sites at Brockway Transfer Station or Balcatta Recycling Centre for no fee, weekly mattress collections, household e-waste twice a year, and household clothing and textile collections twice a year for no fee.

Cr Powell said the council’s decision to ban charity bins had consequences that had to be addressed.

“We agreed to get rid of charity collection bins last month with no idea with what to do with the waste,’ she said.

“We need to provide an alternative to having no donation bins. After Run for a Reason, jumpers were left behind and Vinnies collected bags and bags of them.”

Mayor Keri Shannon did not agree.

“I do not support the council taking on the cost of clothes collections for charity,” she said.

“I do not agree that just because we ban the charity bins that would mean everything goes to landfills.”

Cr Corrine MacRae said the council needed to take action after negative feedback.

The Town’s first charity drop-off day will be held on June 11 at its administrative building carpark, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat, 9am to 3pm.