The region’s new Food and Garden Organic Waste bins, kitchen caddies and compostable bin liners have started being rolled out this month, ready for collections to get underway from July 1 2018.
The new service will be available to all standalone residential properties with an existing garbage collection service. They will receive a new bin with a lime green lid, along with a kitchen caddy, compostable bin liners and an education pack explaining how to use the new service.
This project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.
It will see a large amount of waste diverted away from landfill. Materials collected will be transported to the Dubbo Regional Organics Processing Plant and turned into a rich compost product for future use
Currently the average bin in the Mid-Western region is only 80% full at the time of collection and of that 60% is organic material.
According to council’s website, the new service will deliver a cost saving to the region by diverting 3,000 tonnes per annum from landfill, extending the life of the current Waste Facility by 10 to 15 years and subsequently saving millions of dollars in replacement landfill space.
What can go into the new green bins?
The bins are for food and garden waste. Items such as fruit and vegetables, leftovers, expired foods, tea bags and coffee grounds will all be able to be disposed of using the new service. People will be able to use it to throw away garden waste such as lawn/grass clippings, twigs and small prunings, leaves (dry or green) and flowers.
Soiled paper and cardboard such as pizza boxes and serviettes will also be able to be placed in the new bins.
How often will the service operate?
The new organic waste bin service will operate weekly along with the general waste collection. Blue and yellow recycling bins will rotate fortnightly. Specific times will vary depending on where in the region you live.
To find out more about the region’s new organic waste service visit Council’s website.