3 bin system

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Mildura Rural City Council will be introducing a 3 bin system in the next few years. Everyone with a kerbside bin service will receive a third, 240L, green lidded bin for food and garden organic matter, such as lawn clippings, food scraps or garden waste.

The green bin would complement your existing red lidded rubbish bin and yellow lidded recycling bins.

Capacity  Bin  Collection Disposal
240L   Green  Weekly  Food organics and garden organics
120L  Red  Fortnightly Rubbish
240L  Yellow  Fortnightly Recycling

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is council introducing a 3 bin system?
A huge number of the community have asked for it and currently 59 out of 79 Victorian Councils provide green bins. Diverting ‘green’ or ‘organic’ waste from landfill is the most important waste management priority at local, state and national level. Currently, more than half (approximately 5,600 tonnes) of what we throw in our rubbish bins is green waste. Introducing a third green bin is expected to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill by 39%, which will improve the environment, extend the life of our landfills and ensure Council meets legal requirements set out by the State Government and Environmental Protection Authority.

When would the 3 bin system be introduced?
Councillors voted to introduce a 3 bin system in September 2018. The new system will take several years to implement and it is hoped green bins will be ready for use by mid 2020. This time amount of time is needed to engage a contractor to empty the green bins and process the organic matter. It would also allow time for major community education and engagement before the new system is implemented.

What sort of things go in a green bin?
Your 240L green bin (same size as your yellow lidded recycling bin) would be for food organics and garden organics. This includes things such as lawn clippings, small branches, weeds and shrubs, vegetable peel and scraps, egg shells, kitchen scraps, meat, fish and bones, bread, tea bags and coffee grounds.

What else will I get to help me use my green bin properly?
Everyone who receives a green bin will also get a kitchen caddy and biodegradable bags, to easily collect and dispose of food scraps.  Clear, easy to follow information will also be provided to every business and household so they can use their green bins properly.

How often would the green bin be emptied?
The 240L green bin will be emptied weekly. Your 240L yellow recycling bin will continue to be emptied fortnightly and your 120L red rubbish bin will switch to a fortnightly collection.

How should nappies be disposed of?
With a move to a fortnightly 120L rubbish bin service, parents or guardians concerned about odours from babies’ nappies could consider double-bagging nappies when disposing of them. Another option could be to utilise scented rubbish bags, which are widely available. Nappy manufacturers also recommend that any solid waste is scraped into the toilet before disposing of them.

How much will the 3 bin system cost?
An additional bin for everyone with a kerbside service is estimated to cost an extra $55 per household/business, per year. This is equivalent to $1.06 per week. If the new system is introduced, this cost will be charged to all eligible ratepayers as part of the Waste Management Charge on your annual Council rates notice.

Would the green bin be optional?
No. The success of the 3 bin system relies on all households adopting a green bin. Businesses may have the option to opt-out of the service.

More information

Contact our Waste Management team on (03) 5018 8100
Email mrcc@mildura.vic.gov.au