The City of Melbourne is introducing a new food and organics collection service to help local residents reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
As part of the service, residents living in houses and single-storey apartment blocks will be provided with:
- A new lime-green wheelie bin for food and organic waste (120 litre);
- a kitchen caddy for collecting food scraps, and;
- a roll of 52 compostable bin liners to help keep their new bin free of odours, which will be supplied for free on an ongoing basis.
Lord Mayor, Sally Capp said more than 9,000 homes will receive the initial service before the rollout continues more widely across the municipality in 2022.
“Food and garden waste makes up almost 50 per cent of the waste sent to landfill by our residents – and that creates emissions that contribute to climate change,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Every tonne of food waste we can prevent from ending up in landfill is better for the environment and also reduces cost of dumping into our landfills.
“This is a practical way that we can encourage residents to become more sustainable by providing a food and organics collection service.
“We are investing $1 million in establishing this new service, which will also create 5 jobs.”
The Lord Mayor said the initial stage of the rollout – which starts next month – would help determine the demand and requirements of any future rollout across the municipality.
“Capital city councils have a greater diversity of property types than most regional and suburban councils, so these initial 9000 properties will help us gather data on how to address the challenge of organic collection in high-rise apartments from 2022,” she said.
Environment lead Councillor, Rohan Leppert said that after collected scraps are diverted from landfill, they will be repurposed.
“Locals taking up the program will be putting their food waste to good use. We’re transforming garbage into greenery, with the food scraps used to help our local vegetation flourish,” Cr Leppert said.
Collected waste will be turned into mulch to use in parks and gardens.
After extensive research into how to reduce odours and amenity issues, properties participating in the food and garden waste service will move to a fortnightly collection of 240 litre comingled recycling bins. The 120 litre food and garden organics and 120 litre landfill bins will be collected weekly.
Cr Leppert also said residents can play their part by ensuring that everything they put out is ready to recycle and is a recyclable item.
“We have found that most 240 litre recycling bins are only 50 per cent full when collected weekly and that a lot of recycling is incorrectly placed in rubbish bins. Most people in our community want to do their part by reducing waste but we need everyone to play their part and reduce contamination of recycling,” Cr Leppert said.
“We are offering households with smaller recycling bins a free upgrade to a 240 litre bin, to make sure they have enough room to recycle.”
The new service will be provided at no additional cost to residents, and is part of Council’s wider plan to reduce landfill and improve waste and recycling services across the municipality as outlined in our Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.