Council investigates waste service options

A review of its waste management operations by the Shire of Dardanup has resulted in a decision by Council to seek tenders in coming weeks for supply of services like kerbside pick-ups, landfill disposal, processing and community education.

Cleanaway currently provides Council’s landfill services but the contract expires in June, 2021 providing the opportunity to consider a broader range of waste services and suppliers.

A tender will be released in the next few weeks with the aim of enabling Council to adopt a more refined and holistic approach to waste management in an attempt to improve efficiencies and consider options for cost savings. The tender will also provide more options for the community to consider.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said Council had today agreed to accept the State Government funding assistance towards the cost of providing a three-bin FOGO system should the community signal support for the idea during an upcoming consultation process.

“Once the tender process is complete, Council will have a better understanding of the potential costs of the different options available and we can then provide that information to the community to assist with the consultation process,” Cr Bennett said.

“Council remains committed to ensuring its community is offered more direct involvement in Council decision-making following adoption of its Community Engagement Policy and appointment of several working groups.

“We took the pre-emptive step of securing this funding while it was available rather than miss the opportunity down the track to save ratepayers money if there is community support to go down this path.

“Before any further decisions are made about FOGO, we want to know what our community thinks so I would urge you to take the opportunity to participate in the upcoming consultation to ensure the best possible outcome on this issue for all.”

In July, the State Government’s Waste Authority released its current annual Action Plan designed to support progress toward its Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

The Action Plan lists its ‘Headline Strategy 2’ as: Support for local governments in the Perth and Peel regions to transition to three-bin FOGO systems by 2025 through the Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO funding program.

Cr Bennett said while the Shire of Dardanup was not directly impacted by this 2025 target, the direction of the State Government in relation to three-bin FOGO systems seemed clear.

“It is likely the system will also eventually be mandatory in regional areas like ours too so we really need to be thinking longterm,” Cr Bennett said.