Managing waste wisely

Bin tagging helps residents get their waste sorted

The Towns of Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park and the City of Subiaco, in conjunction with the WMRC and the WA Local Government Association (WALGA), are helping residents get their waste sorted through a bin-tagging education program.

The bin tagging program has been running since 2015.  It involves a quick look inside kerbside waste, recycling and greenwaste bins, and then attaching a tag to bin handles to provide on-the-spot feedback for the householder.

The two-month long program will be run by the WMRC on behalf of the participating member councils, beginning 25 February. Residents may spot Community Waste Education staff, wearing high-vis vests and carrying appropriate ID, at their kerbside on bin day.

The Cities of Cockburn, Joondalup, Wanneroo, Melville, Kwinana and the Towns of Cambridge, Cottesloe and Mosman Park amongst others have previously run the program. The program is proven to substantially improve household recycling and waste management performance.  Checks a year later showed improved disposal behaviour continues, highlighting the effectiveness of giving individual feedback to households.

“The majority of residents are very conscientious when it comes to sorting their waste, however there can be some confusion around which items go into which bin, and this lack of understanding can lead to contamination,” said Libby Eustance, WMRC Manager, Communications and Education.

“This program addresses confusion and provides residents with information they need to sort their waste correctly. Less contamination leads to increased recycling rates, lower processing costs, and less waste going to landfill.”

For a range of Frequently Asked Questions about the Bin Tagging program, click here. Alternatively, you can watch a video.

The Bin Tagging program is funded by the State Government and administered by the Waste Authority.

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