Traditionally Fremantle has done one bulk waste collection per year. Over the last couple of years the City trialled two collections per year. While this provided an obvious convenience it has a downside - the vast majority of the material does not get recycled and goes to landfill.
The contractor picks out the most valuable pieces of metal and people scavenge some of the stuff. However the level of resource recovery is actually really low. This is a problem environmentally and adds to the cost as unlike Cockburn, Fremantle does not have its own landfill facility so has to pay someone else to take landfill material.
This year the City will be combining the bulk verge collection with an expanded depot collection facility to be open more days per week and taking a larger range of materials. This would effectively be our equivalent of the “tip pass” and only open to Fremantle residents.
Not everyone has access to a vehicle that can get things to the depot, so it will be complemented by a dial-a-van service to pick up things like bulky white goods all year round. It should be up and running in a couple of months time.
We'll be keeping a close eye on this combination of verge collection, expanded depot drop-off and personalised pick up to see how it works in terms of convenience, cost and environmental outcomes.