Glass Collection Commences in Moyne

Published on 07 February 2020

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Following the successful delivery of more than 6,000 purple lidded, glass only bins across Moyne Shire, the first glass collections have commenced today.

Part of the long-term solution to the current recycling crisis, Moyne Shire has introduced a four bin system of waste collection to better prevent recyclable items from going to landfill.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said for the new system to be successful, residents need to ensure they separate items into the correct bins.

“Introducing the fourth glass only bin is not just about separating glass,” Cr Meade said.

“With all of Moyne’s recyclables going to landfill since July 2019, we have had to review the entire kerbside collection system, and work with our contractors to prevent more recyclables ending up in landfill.

“To ensure recyclables are reused, items must be separated and put into the correct bins.

“New waste collection guides showing what to put in the four bins were distributed with the glass only bins, along with new collection calendars.

“It is important for residents to take note of the new waste guide as the glass bin isn’t the only change. Changes to how other plastic recyclables are processed now means the only plastics that can go into the yellow bins are those with the recycling symbol 1 and 2.”

“If items are placed in the wrong bin, it can lead to entire truck loads being rejected by processing facilities and then it all gets sent to landfill, ultimately costing Council and the community more, and causing further economic and environmental impacts.”

Council has implemented a rigorous inspection process to encourage correct use of the four bins. Inspections are to take place at both the kerbside and at the processing sites. Where bins are found to contaminated by incorrect items, a sticker will be placed over the bin and it may not be picked up. Detailed audits will also be undertaken by external consultants in April to evaluate the new four bin system.

Under the revised kerbside collection contract, recyclable items in the yellow bins will now be processed by Australian Paper Recovery (APR) at Truganina, and glass in the purple bins will be processed locally to be broken down for use as a substitute for sand in road construction. The contents of the green FOGO bins will continue to be composted for reuse and contents in the red bins will go to landfill.

The yellow recyclables and green FOGO bins will continue to be collected on alternate fortnights, red landfill bins remain weekly, and the purple glass bins will be collected once every four weeks.

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