On the Verge of Debating Rubbish (of the Bulk Kind)
March 7, 2017 25 Comments
There has been some interesting debate recently on what kind of bulk rubbish service the City of Fremantle should offer.
The last couple of years we trialled two verge pickups a year but this got mixed feedback. The main criticisms we got was that it was making some suburban streets look like a tip for too much of the year and that there was limited options for recycling the junk was put out as it was all been compacted in the back of truck and sent to landfill.
So this year we are trialling going back to one pickup but having more drop off days at the Fremantle depot on Montreal Street so more of the materials can be can be recycled.
Previously in addition to the bulk bins days residents could drop off to the depot each weekend the following:
4.Electronic-Waste such as TVs etc.
We are now seriously looking at expanding not only the days and times you can drop off but also what you can drop off:
1.More capacity for Metal and Batteries .
2.More capacity for Clothes and Electronic-Waste
3.Introduction of Hazardous house hold waste.
4.Introduction of green drop-off.
5.Introduction of mulch pick-up.
6.Introduction of rubble drop-off.
7.Introduction of mattress drop-off.
8. Introduction of bulk junk drop-off every weekend.
The Fremantle Council have not made any final decisions on this as we are still getting it costed up and details worked out.
But what the we would be interested in getting your feedback on is would this expanded drop-off service in addition to a bulk verge pick once a year and several green waste pickups be a better service than just the two bulk verge pickups we trialled the last couple of years?
After debating the different options it is pretty clear there is no perfect solution to dealing with bulk rubbish. All options have pros and cons in terms of ease of use, recycling rates, and how they make our suburbs look. But I do think with the right mix of services Fremantle can continue to be a leader in recycling whilst having less junk on our verges.