A Perth city council is threatening to snitch taxpayers for attempting to remove stinky rubbish bins from the streets.
Residents in the city of Victoria Park could be stung up to $5,000 if they let their green-lidded bio-waste bin emit a foul odor, it was found.
The city’s mayor, Karen Vernon, confirmed that the council had introduced a new waste law. But Cr Vernon said reports the council would use rubbish bins to scour its suburbs were “exaggerated”.
She said the council made the change after introducing for the first time a third container for garden organics – think grass clippings, leaves, weeds and sticks.
“What’s really important is that the contents of this third container are all organic material, so there can’t be any level of contamination there,” she said 6PR.
“That’s what makes an organic collection process work really well, and that’s what allows waste processors to take organic material like garden organics or organic food and process it into a useful product like compost.”
Ms Vernon said the council was keen for people to be brought up to speed as soon as possible, arguing the severe financial penalty would accelerate behavior change among the 35,000 residents and help meet state government targets achieve by diverting more waste from landfill.
“We need people to change their behavior in their own homes, how they separate their rubbish before putting it on the curb for the council to collect,” she said.
“In order for us to ensure that we can change this behavior properly, we have implemented the local Waste Act.
“It could mean that if someone eventually puts all the wrong things in the new third bin, those people will find that if they don’t do the right thing, there will be consequences.”
Despite the push, Ms Vernon claimed that local law “certainly doesn’t mean we’re going to use people to sniff in other people’s bins”.
She stressed that in places around the world, some local councils have given residents more than three bins, which she hasn’t ruled out.
“The way forward is to try to do more to reduce our waste,” she said.
As of August, 23 WA local governments had signed up for the WA Government’s Better Bins Plus: Go Food Organics Garden Organics program, first introduced in 2020.
“High-performance FOGO services can achieve recycling rates of more than 65 percent and make the largest single contribution to achieving the material recycling goals of the waste strategy for municipal waste,” says a statement from the state government.
“FOGO also offers environmental benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while FOGO composting products improve soil quality and can be used locally. Recycling can create about three times as many jobs compared to waste disposal.”
https://www.perthnow.com.au/politics/local-government/town-of-victoria-park-to-fine-residents-5000-for-smelly-organic-green-bins-c-8393980 City of Victoria Park fines $5000 for smelly organic green bins