Esperance Shire Council to consider third kerbside bin

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The Esperance Shire Council is set to decide whether to introduce a third kerbside bin for organic waste by 2020-21 in a bid to divert more waste from landfill.

The introduction of an organics recycling program is a recommendation in the Shire's Strategic Waste Management Options Report, developed in 2013, with targets to increase the diversion of waste from 19 per cent to 50 per cent by 2025.

A report into the feasibility of the plan, undertaken by Talis Consultants, found it cost about $100 per tonne for waste to go to landfill and only $90 per tonne to convert organic waste into compost.

Shire officers anticipate the start-up cost of the plan could reach up to $1.5million, almost triple the amount allocated for the project in the Long Term Financial Plan.

The shire has recommended council commence planning for the introduction of the bin and processing through composting, pursue grant funding and obtain the necessary government approvals and licences to operate a composting facility.

Shire of Esperance chief executive officer Matthew Scott said the intention was for council to commit to undertaking the planning works and submitting grant applications during the 2019-20 financial year in order to finance and implement the system by 2020-21.

"One thing council wanted to look at was something a lot of other councils do, particularly metropolitan councils, is a third bin option for organics," he said.

"Council has received a report in regards to the options available.

"At the moment, it would seem that separating organics out of general waste is more beneficial than costly and will have a huge impact.

"We have targets that we've adopted as part of our Waste Strategy and removing organics from that waste stream will certainly add to meeting those targets.

"It will also mean that the landfill has a longer life.

"I think it's a great step forward and will have massive benefits in the future."

The report delivered council a number of options regarding the collection method, collection frequency and bin volume.

The item is set to reach council on Tuesday, May 21, for deliberation before a decision is made at the council meeting on Tuesday, May 28.