E-waste recycling six-month trial cut to two days over antisocial behaviour fears

Concerns about antisocial behaviour have forced a Perth council to change a six-month trial of unmanned e-waste drop-off points to two one-day events.

The City of Vincent was asked at its annual meeting of electors on February 2 to provide e-waste drop-off facilities in convenient locations for City ratepayers.

Dudley Maier said the only options for e-waste were to take it to Tamala Park or the Balcatta Recycling Centre, which resulted in most people just adding it to general waste.

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He asked the council at a recent meeting why an e-waste drop-off had been held on only one day — July 22 — when the meeting had asked for a six-month trial.

“A one-off event can not by any stretch of the imagination be considered a six-month trial,” Mr Maier said.

“The clear intention was that the community be provided with a service, for at least six months, in order to determine if the community would use that service on an ongoing basis.

“A one-off event does not provide the necessary information. All it shows was that there was a demand, but not if people will use the service on a regular basis.”

A council report said staff had decided in liaison with the council to hold two temporary e-waste drop-off events over six months to test the community’s interest.

It said there were issues with unmanned drop-off points.

A council report said unmanned drop-off points could result in complaints.
Camera IconA council report said unmanned drop-off points could result in complaints. Credit: City of Vincent

“As previous experience with charity clothing drops-off points in the city has shown, positioning drop-off bins at unsecured, outside locations results in antisocial behaviour, occupational safety and health issues and community complaints,” it said.

“These locations require a level of supervision that is not an effective use of resources.

“This was even an issue at the recent manned drop-off event on July 22, where people were attempting to rifle through piles to take items.”

The report said e-waste was essentially anything with a plug, battery or power cable and could range in size from a small domestic appliance to large TVs.

There was not enough space to store large items in the City’s recycling stations which were designed for smaller household hazardous waste items such as batteries, fluorescent tubes/bulbs and ink cartridges.

“The City received a significant amount of larger items, including CRT TVs, printers and copy devices, computers, flat screen TVs, etc,” the report said.

The City partnered with Good Sammy and Total Green Recycling for the first e-waste collection day at the Britannia Reserve carpark in Leederville on July 22.

More than 12,000kg of e-waste was collected, filling a 40-foot shipping container and the Good Sammy removals truck.

“The first event proved hugely successful and the City received multiple compliments from attendees who were keen to see this continued,” the report said.

Residents can also put e-waste items out as part of the Verge Valet collection.

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