Bincentives continues in 2019

Published on 05 February 2019

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Moyne Shire is continuing its Bincentive project that aims to help the environment and save money by improving bin usage by residents.

The Bincentives project will again run in two areas within Port Fairy and Mortlake starting on February 18.

The aim of Bincentives is to increase the awareness of what can be disposed of in the green-lidded FOGO (food organics and garden organics) bin. Currently, residents use the FOGO bin mainly for garden organics, however, Bincentives aims to inform residents that it can be used for food organics as well.

Disposing of food waste in the FOGO bin reduces the amount of food waste going into landfill, thus reducing costs for Moyne Shire Council as well as reducing greenhouse gasses and being better for the environment. It will also help create more compost, which is proving to be a valuable resource for farmers. This, in turn, helps create local jobs and boost the local economy.

Bincentives will involve non-intrusive kerbside bin assessments of around 200 households in both Port Fairy and Mortlake to assess the amount of FOGO that is being put incorrectly into red-lidded garbage bins.

The assessment will be carried out in February and April, with residents provided with feedback on how they can improve their recycling habits and minimise the amount of organic materials going into the red-lidded garbage bin.

Households that show improvements will receive a small prize. Larger prizes will be awarded to households that consistently utilise the FOGO bin for food and garden organics.

It is hoped the project will inspire people to think more about how they use their kerbside bins and about where their waste goes.

Households in the Bincentives project area will receive correspondence in the mail with more information.