Wanneroo is considering on-demand collection of hard and green waste and Joondalup for green waste

The City of Wanneroo is considering scrapping the planned curbside collection of hard and green waste and switching to a pre-booked service, while the City of Joondalup has also supported a stand-by method for its green waste.

In Wanneroo, residents could book bulky waste collection of up to three cubic meters at a time that suits them, with mattresses and household appliances exempted from the size limit, and bulky waste collection of green waste, also up to three cubic meters.

Garbage can be brought to the edge strip up to three days before the collection date at the latest; further collections can be arranged for a fee.

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It is estimated that the city’s new system could save about $5 million over three years while diverting more waste from landfill.

The proposed changes, which are open for public comment, follow a waste transition plan implemented in 2018.

The plan aimed to ensure that the city’s services maximized resource recovery, minimized costs and coped with expected population growth, which included the introduction of pre-booked bulky waste collection services.

Currently, the city offers two scheduled waste collections per year – one for hard bulky waste and one for green spaces.

However, a review was conducted to find the best pre-booked method which involved viewing collections via a rubbish bin, similar to the towns of Joondalup and Stirling, but the best option for both bulk commodities was pre-booked fringe collection waste and greens.

According to a council report, the new service would also allow residents to split “high-value” items into different piles on the edge.

“Residents will be provided with information on other ways to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste and how to place their waste on the edge to enable a higher rate of resource recovery,” the report says.

Following an extensive communication plan to inform the community of the proposed changes and subject to Council approval, the target would be to transition to the new service by the end of the second quarter of 2022-23.

A project management plan will be developed, including resource and infrastructure requirements and required initial costs, and submitted to Council for approval.

Joondalup Municipal Council also voted unanimously on Tuesday to convert its bulk green waste collection to an on-call service.

The following is an overview of the city’s current bulky waste collection services, which are an on-demand bin system for hard waste and a scheduled curbside collection for green waste.

The review found that the hard bulk waste bin option was approximately $1.3 million, or 37 percent, cheaper than the previous verge collection model, while achieving a 47 percent reduction in material collected.

It also found that the currently planned green waste bulk service is $300,000 cheaper than either of the two on-demand collection options.

However, switching to on-demand collection would give residents the opportunity to book a time that better suits their needs and potentially see a 43 percent reduction in waste collected.

It was therefore recommended that as part of the procurement process, a decision be made as to whether to provide the green waste on-request service via a banquet collection or a dumpster once the cost difference is known but the city is seeking to align the collection between hard and green waste maintenance contracts .

In addition, Cr John Raftis called on the council to support the continuation of an on-demand hard bulk litter collection service, as recommended in the review, but for the chief executive to have options for a rim collection or dustbin service in the next few record request for quotation.

Cr Raftis said there isn’t much of a difference in cost between the two options and if there were signs that more people would prefer not to use a bin then maybe that could be considered.

He also said people often shredded items to throw in the bin, while marginal collection could potentially allow more materials to be recycled and marginal collection would eliminate issues where some residents don’t lift items into a bin could .

Mayor Albert Jacob also advocated receiving more information about collection methods.

“We’ve already found that the on-demand option has a better social outcome, and that’s a given. Now we have to see which method is more economical and better for the environment,” he said.

In 2016, the city introduced an on-demand service for bulky hard waste, but continued a scheduled service for bulky green waste.

While the following year it received a petition to reintroduce collection of bulky rubbish at the rim, the council voted to continue the on-call system but explore options to help residents who cannot load items from the rim into a rubbish bin.

The city then hired Intelife to help residents, but the report said take-up of the service had been “very limited, with fewer than half a dozen requests per year.”

https://www.perthnow.com.au/local-news/perthnow-wanneroo/city-of-wanneroo-to-consider-implementing-pre-booked-bulk-junk-and-green-waste-collections–c-7855399 Wanneroo is considering on-demand collection of hard and green waste and Joondalup for green waste

Nate Jones

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