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New three-bin system

Perth councils will be offered funding to roll out a three-bin system under a State Government plan to improve the city's lacklustre recycling record.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob will unveil the proposal today as figures show WA households recycle as little as a quarter of those in the Eastern States.

As part of the pilot program, $7.5 million will be set aside over the next two years to encourage councils to provide bins for general, recyclable and green waste. Only seven WA local governments have a three-bin system - Albany, Bunbury, Bayswater, Cambridge, Capel, Cottesloe and Nedlands.

Mr Jacob said the inconsistent nature of WA's kerbside collection systems meant the State was recycling as little as 15-30 per cent of its waste in some areas.

He said the aim was to bring WA closer into line with many Eastern States local governments, where kerbside recycling rates were between 50-60 per cent.

"This will allow householders to easily separate waste to increase recycling rates, reduce landfill and provide a residual waste stream with the potential to be used to fuel future waste to energy plants," Mr Jacob said.

The West Australian

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