Since January 21 this year, Joondalup in Perth has commenced the rollout of its three-bin system, which encompasses 60,000 residential properties and aligns with the Waste Authority’s Waste Strategy to improve waste avoidance and resource recovery.
According to the report, the three-bin system has been partly funded by the Better Bins program, which is a $20 million WA state government initiative that provides funding to local governments to implement better practice kerbside waste collection.
It is said that the bin lid colour change brings the city of Joondalup in line with the Australian Standard – red for general waste, lime green for green waste and yellow for recycling. During the bin rollout the city delivers a new 140L red lid bin for general waste and replaces the old general waste bin lid with a new lime green lid, with the bin being used for green waste.
Since last week, the new look waste disposal trucks have been hitting the roads. Until the end of March, residents are requested to leave bins out from 6am to 6pm on their waste collection days.
Just prior to the rollout of the program, Joondalup mayor Albert Jacob said the system was a significant milestone for the city and the new method of collecting household waste would deliver huge benefits for residents.
“The new system is an integral part of the City’s commitment to meeting the state government’s target of diverting 65 per cent of municipal solid waste from landfill by 2020, which is also a key aspiration of the City’s Waste Management Plan,” Jacob said.
“There has also been a significant increase in disposal costs at landfill from $120 per tonne in 2013-14 to $205 per tonne in 2018-19, and this figure will continue to rise.
“Changing from a two-bin system to a three-bin system provides an opportunity to generate both cost-savings for the city, and therefore our ratepayers, as well as reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.
“I encourage residents to embrace these changes and to be more ‘waste-wise’ by thinking about ways to reduce the waste they create in their daily lives.”
The new 140L red lidded general waste bin has an information pack attached to the lid, providing information on collection days and how to use each bin. This new bin is ready for immediate use upon delivery.