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This is your red-lidded bin, which is taken directly to the Alexandra Landfill. It is used for items that cannot be recycled, and which are allowed to go to landfill. It is intended for waste generated in domestic situations, or the domestic type and scale of waste generated in a business. It cannot be used for hazardous or contaminated materials or liquid waste, or for heavy commercial materials such as rubble. Council is not proposing any changes to what can and can’t go in your general rubbish bin.
One of the options Council is considering as part of the kerbside collection service changes is tomove to a fortnightly general rubbish collection. We understand that this is a big change for many households.
Our neighbours in Strathbogie Shire have had a fortnightly general rubbish service for eight years and this has worked really well for their community. This change will allow us to have a best practice kerbside service that helps us meet our goals of minimising waste to landfill and greenhouse gas emissions, in a cost effective way.
Decomposing food matter in landfills is a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Many councils across Victoria have already moved to this schedule, so we have a few ideas of how to help manage the change already. Reducing the frequency of collection of general rubbish contributes the most to reducing the cost of introducing Food and Garden Organics and glass recycling services.
This is your yellow-lidded bin, which is collected by our recyclables processing contractor and taken to be recycled in Melbourne. Mixed recyclables include things like paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers, aluminium and steel cans. Until a separate glass recycling system is implemented in 2025, this bin can also be used to dispose of glass.
Under a four-stream system, glass will have improved recycling outcomes when separated into a glass-only system. Murrindindi Shire Council, along with all Victorian councils, is required to provide a separate kerbside collection service or a drop-off service for glass items. You will no longer be able to dispose of glass in the mixed recycling (yellow lid) or garbage (red lid) bins.
There are two glass recycling options for households - a kerbside collection and a drop-off service at our Resource Recovery Centres.
What are the benefits of the kerbside glass option?
The benefits of having a kerbside collection service for glass is that you have everyday
access to the bin and it is collected from the kerbside making it more accessible. The purple-lidded bin, collected monthly, is expected to cost ratepayers an additional $2 to $3 per month. Drop-off facilities at the Resource Recovery Centres will still be available for any excess glass or for residents who don’t have access to a kerbside service.
What are the benefits of the drop-off glass option?
The benefit of the drop-off service is that it can be delivered at a very minimal cost to ratepayers. However, accessing a drop-off service requires more planning and access to a vehicle, and overall is not as accessible to households. At present the cost of that service would be covered by those who have a kerbside service.
Our five Resource Recovery Centres in Alexandra, Yea, Kinglake, Eildon and Marysville would provide drop-off locations for glass recycling. This service would be available to residents during usual operating hours. Under this option, glass bottles and jars would not be permitted in any kerbside collection bin.
All Victorian council’s will be required to provide a kerbside collection service for food and garden organics. This bin will help us reach our goal to reduce organic waste going to landfill. Learning from councils that have already successfully implemented this service, it could be delivered as a weekly collection to help decrease odour and encourage regular use for collection of food waste.
To help make this service suit your household, Council is considering both the bin size and the supply of kitchen benchtop caddies and compostable caddy liners
Organic waste makes up about 50% of waste in most garbage bins. Council is considering either a 120L bin (same as the current rubbish bin) or a 240L bin (same as the current recycling bin). Either bin size will have the capacity to take the organics currently being sent to landfill in the rubbish bin, plus some extra green waste, but obviously the larger bin will collect more additional green waste which will cost more to transport and process.
If the smaller bin size is chosen as the standard size, there will be an option to upsize to the larger bin at a cost.
Council is considering providing a kitchen benchtop caddy and liners, which would make it easy for everyone to collect food waste. This system will encourage more people to collect food scraps effectively, making the most of the new Food and garden organics bin.
Caddy liners come in many shapes, colours and materials. The provision of compostable liners from Council reduces contamination risks and should make the collection of food scraps less messy and more convenient for most households. We recognise that some households already have a system in place, so may prefer not to see this option introduced. The supply of caddies and liners would be for a period of 12 months.