Bin tagging is proven to help residents manage their waste wisely.
The bin tagging education program, run since 2015, 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. When in operation, 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, Claremont, 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.