Thursday, May 30, 2024

Glass plan half full for Corangamite

Recyclable glass collection is a step closer for Victoria’s Corangamite Shire, with Council awarding a five-year kerbside collection contract this week.

At its recent meeting, the contract to add a new 120L bin and monthly glass collection, transport and processing was awarded to Wheelie Waste.

Council says it will continue to lobby the State Government for funding to reduce costs to the community.

Mayor Ruth Gstrein said glass recycling under the State Government’s ‘Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Act 2021’ would have a cost to provide.

“But it also has many benefits for improving the quality of our communities co-mingled recycling and the ability to re-use it,” Mayor Gstrein said.

“Under the new Act, glass recyclables will no longer be able to be recycled through the yellow comingled recycling bin.”

Council provides a three-bin kerbside waste collection service to over 5,500 premises in most towns across the Shire.

This service includes weekly collection of 120L wheelie bins for landfill and alternating fortnightly collection of 240L recyclables and food organics and garden organics (FOGO) bins. Council also provides weekly FOGO collection between October and January. It also services street litter bins.

With a fourth bin, residents will be able to reduce contamination of the recycling bin and divert glass from landfill, Mayor Gstrein said.

Rollout of the service is expected by the end of this year.

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