Better4Moyne – Better for the Environment

Published on 25 September 2019

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As a long-term solution to the current recycling crisis, Moyne Shire Council will soon be introducing a fourth kerbside bin for glass collection across the whole Shire.

Purple-lidded bins for glass were initially going to be trialled for six months in Koroit only, however the recent closures of SKM facilities has resulted in recyclables going to landfill. Council this week voted to extend the trial across the whole shire.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Councillor Mick Wolfe said the bold move by Council showed its commitment to finding a sustainable, long-term solution to the ongoing recycling issues.

“Moving ahead with a shire-wide rollout of glass-only kerbside collection is not just better for the environment, it’s better economic management of our waste,” Cr Wolfe said.

“Under a new campaign, Better4Moyne, Council will be working with residents to improve waste separation, ultimately reducing the amount of recyclables going to landfill.

“By introducing the fourth bin and separating glass, which currently accounts for around 40% of recyclables in yellow kerbside bins, all recyclables become easier to process.

“Council will no longer be reliant on SKM as there are other facilities that can process recyclables that are not contaminated by glass.

“There are also facilities that will take the glass, crush it and use it as a substitute for sand in road making. Not only is this a better solution for the environment, it’s better for the economy.

“This decision puts Moyne at the forefront of waste management; Moyne is one of only a few councils that we know of across the country that are including a glass-only kerbside collection.”

Moyne Shire Council CEO, Bill Millard said the new Better4Moyne campaign will focus on correct separation of waste, using all four kerbside bins.

“The purple-lidded glass collection bins will be emptied monthly, yellow lidded recycling and green lidded FOGO bins every two weeks, and the red lidded landfill bin will continue to be collected weekly.

“With the bins taking around three months to be manufactured, the change to collection is likely to begin after the New Year.

“Over the coming months we will be focusing on our Better4Moyne waste education campaign, and continue to work with our waste collection contractors to finalise the revised collection schedule.”

Council will provide further roll out details to residents in the coming weeks and updates will also be posted regularly on Council’s social media pages.