Big change coming for Wanneroo waste system

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Adopting a three-bin system means the City of Wanneroo will have to acquire an estimated three extra garbage trucks. Picture: Anita McInnes

WASTE collection and disposal in the City of Wanneroo is set for the biggest change in years with the city preparing to adopt a new three bin system.

Under the new system, households will use a lime green bin for food organics and garden organics (FOGO), a red lid bin for general rubbish items that cannot be composted or recycled such as nappies, meat trays and hygiene products, and a yellow lid bin for recyclables.

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the introduction of the new three bin system would not result in an increase to the waste charge and was forecast to save the city more than $21 million over a 10-year period.

An officer’s report presented at the council’s ordinary meeting on July 2 said implementing the three bin FOGO system could increase kerbside recycling rates from 40 per cent to 50 per cent when compared to the present two bin system.

The report said successful delivery of the three-bin system required the implantation of a planned communication plan to encourage behavioural change in the community.

Councillor Dot Newton said a brochure to display what went in each bin would help householders but even when the container deposit system came in not still not everything was going to be collected.

“We’re never going to be able to recycle everything,’’ she said.

“(But) we need to educate the children as they’re the ones who are going to make sure the (adults) do the right thing.’’

Adopting the new system would require the city to add three more garbage trucks to reduce the amount of unproductive travel time that would result as more bins would be emptied by each truck.

As less waste is sent to the Mindarie Regional Council there will be a commensurate increase in the gate fee of about $7 a tonne for each reduction of 10,000 tonnes a year as the operation of the regional council was basically fixed cost, which concerned councillor Paul Miles.

Deputy mayor Nat Sangalli and Mayor Tracey Roberts after the City of Wanneroo adopted a three bin kerbside collection system on July 2.

In mid-2018 the city conducted a community survey regarding waste management, where 89 per cent of respondents wanted the city to separate garden and food waste, to promote greater recycling.

Cr Roberts said the city had carried out extensive research to ensure the best outcome for residents and the environment.

“A three bin system provides an opportunity for residents to actively make a positive difference to our environment,” she said.

“The introduction of a third bin for the disposal of organic waste will help achieve a greater diversion of waste from landfill, as well as reduce the cost of waste management.’’

The officer’s report said it was proposed to use funding in the city’s waste reserve, which had a balance of $8.9m to buy the new bins but once the city signed up to the Better Bins program funding agreement the city expected to receive up to $2.4m from the waste Authority.

“Funding provisions of $320,000 for salaries for the additional internal resources for the program rollout and $250,000 for marketing and community engagement have been included in the draft 2019-20 Budget,’’ the officer’s report said.

The city hopes to introduce the new service in the 2020-21 financial year.