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Let’s sort waste, it’s the right thing to do

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The City’s youngest ambassador for the soon-to-be-introduced three-bin system, Heathridge resident Fletcher Lanham, is counting down the days until all households in the City of Joondalup get another bin.

He might only be three years old, but Fletcher is already across what bin needs to be emptied and on what day.

Just recently he emptied all his outdoor toys from his own red bin and filled it with waste. Every Thursday he can be spotted walking around the neighbourhood with his mum in the hope of spotting the local garbo and ‘getting a toot and a wave.’

The three-bin system is set to be rolled out across the City of Joondalup from late January 2019 and will consist of one 140L red lid general waste bin (collected weekly), one 240L lime-green lid garden waste bin (collected fortnightly) and one 240L or 360L yellow lid recycling bin (collected fortnightly).

Residents can now request a free upgrade to a larger 360L recycling bin now, using the online form or by phoning the City on 9400 4255.

From December 2018, they can opt out of the 140L red lid general waste bin and instead get a 240L red lid bin for an initial cost of $85.00.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob is encouraging all residents to ‘be like Fletcher’ and embrace the change to the City’s new method of collecting household waste.

“Behavioural change is a key to the success of a three-bin system which will deliver increased diversion rates from landfill and save ratepayer dollars in the process,” he said.

This project is part funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account and administered by the Waste Authority.

The City will undertake a comprehensive education campaign in the coming months to ensure that all households are aware of and understand the new three-bin system before it is implemented.

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