Joondalup Council endorses implementation of three bin system

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The Joondalup Council has approved the future introduction of a three bin waste system across the City at its March 2018 meeting.

The three bin system, likely to be rolled out early in 2019, is part of the City’s commitment to meeting the State Government’s target of diverting 65% of municipal solid waste from landfill by 2020, a key aspiration of the City’s Waste Management Plan.

The three bin system will be funded via the annual refuse charge, consisting of one 140L red lidded general waste bin (collected weekly), one 240L lime green lidded garden waste bin (fortnightly), and one 240L or 360L yellow lidded recycling bin (fortnightly).

It is expected that there will be no change to the 2018/19 household waste charge compared to this financial year if households choose the 140 litre red lidded general waste bin.

Residents can opt for a 240L red lidded general waste bin, however households with a 140L general waste bin will have a lower refuse charge in the vicinity of approximately $80-$90 per year when compared to the 240 litre bin. This will be confirmed as part of the 2018/19 budget process.

The three bins will replace the current system of one 240L general waste (collected weekly) and one 240L or 360L yellow lidded recycling bin (fortnightly) available to domestic residents.

The lime green lidded bin, for materials including lawn clippings, small branches, leaves and flowers, tree prunings, cuttings and weeds, will be collected fortnightly, providing greater convenience for residents to dispose of garden waste.

The three bin system aligns with Better Bins Kerbside Collection Guidelines, which have been developed by the Waste Authority of WA to help local governments select systems that achieve increased diversion from landfill.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said implementing separate bins for general waste, dry recyclables and garden organics is viewed as best practice for higher rates of diversion from landfill.

“By limiting the burden on disposing waste via landfill, where costs are increasing annually, it will also help the City save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year as well as preventing significant rises to the residents’ refuse charge,” Mayor Jacob said.

“The costs of disposing waste at landfill is significantly more than it is to recycle, and has increased from $120 per tonne in 2013/14 to $180 per tonne in 2017/18. This is forecast to rise even further in the coming years.”

The City will apply to the Waste Authority for a grant of up to $1.8 million to assist in implementing the three bin system.

The City’s Waste Management Plan 2016 – 2021 has set an aspirational goal of 65% waste diverted from landfill by 2020, and a three bin system is one of a number of projects identified to further assist in achieving this target.

The City’s diversion rate from landfill increased from 44.6% in 2015/16 to 59.8% at the end of 2016/17.

Implementation of the three bin system would be phased in suburb by suburb and is anticipated to be completed by the end of the 2018/19 financial year.

The City will undertake a comprehensive education campaign in the coming months to ensure that all households are aware and understand the new three bin system well before the rollout in early 2019.