Stirling to skip verge pick-up?

04. 822NEWSSTIRLING residents annoyed at rubbish cluttering their verges could end up paying $45 for a skip, as the council canvasses residents on new waste collection services.

The council came under fire last year when it switched to one annual verge collection, resulting in a slow pick-up and piles of trash sitting on verges for weeks.

It is now gauging public support for replacing verge collection with a skip-bin system, where residents add $45 a year to their annual waste levy and are able to order in a skip. Additional skips could be booked at a discount.

The council is also consulting on:

• providing one, two bins or three bins;

• how ratepayers receive their tip pass each year;

• introducing a free collection service for mattresses, white goods and e-waste items; and,

• what are residents prepared to pay for the change in service.

The review has been prompted by the closure of Atlas recycling, which the council had used to achieve a 65 per cent recycling rate over 10 years, using just one bin.

It is now sending most domestic waste to landfill and needs to move to a multiple-bin system. The council estimates a second yellow-lid bin will cost ratepayers around $35 a year, and a third green waste bin another $30.

Mayor Giovanni Italiano says the survey will help guide the council’s decision-making.

“Residents and ratepayers have very strong opinions when it comes to waste and recycling and we want to hear all of their views in this online survey,” he says.

“This is a great opportunity to have your say and help set the scene when it comes to the future of waste and recycling around Stirling city council.”

A $7.5 million WA government program will provide funding to councils to set up three-bin collection systems.

Visit http://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/yoursay until March 27 to comment.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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