Waste tender tensions

Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) chairman and Town of Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris said it was logical to have all local councils dispose of waste through the Shenton Park DiCOM recycling plant, due to be completed in 2014.

‘The advantage of WMRC membership is synergies of size ” the more tonnes that transfer through the plant, the more cost-effective and environmentally responsible it will be,’ Mr Norris said.

For the past five years, contractor Perth Waste has only collected waste at Nedlands, which dumps it at JFR Resource Recovery Facility.

At a June 25 council meeting, elected members voted to put the City’s waste collection and disposal contract to tender.

Nedlands chief executive Greg Trevaskis said the recent tender included the collection and disposal of waste, so there was a chance rubbish would not be disposed of at the Shenton Park facility. Nedlands would seek both cost and environmental outcomes.

Cr Bill Hassell said the motion was in the interests of Nedlands.

‘Sympathetic as I feel to Perth Waste, which is a very good company, we owe it to our transparency to do this properly,’ Mr Hassell said.

Speaking against the motion, Cr Ian Argyle said the City should extend the current contract to Perth Waste.

‘We should take a very good look at what we’re potentially doing away with here,’ Mr Argyle said.