Moyne Shire launches Bincentives

Published on 12 January 2018

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Moyne Shire is launching an innovative new project that aims to help the environment and save the council money by improving bin usage by residents.

The Bincentives project will be run in two small areas in Port Fairy and Mortlake.

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

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

Bincentives will involve non-intrusive kerbside bin audits of over 200 households in both Port Fairy and Mortlake to assess the amount of FOGO that is being put incorrectly into people’s red-lidded rubbish bin.

These audits will be done in February and April, with residents to be provided with feedback after the first audit on how they can improve their recycling habits and minimise the amount of organic materials going into the red-lidded kerbside rubbish bin.

All households that take part will receive a small prize, with households that show improvements receiving a larger prize. A major prize will be awarded to one household in Port Fairy and one household in Mortlake deemed to be the best FOGO recyclers.

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

Similar projects have been trialled elsewhere but this is the first time such an initiative has been run in the south-west.

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