Proposed 3 bin system

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Mildura Rural City Council is considering introducing a 3 bin system in the next few years. Everyone with a kerbside bin service would receive a third, 240L, green lidded bin. This would be used 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.

Councillors will likely make a decision about introducing the 3 bin system in September 2018.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is council proposing 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 divert 39% less waste from landfill, 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.

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.

When would the 3 bin system be introduced?
Councillors will vote to decide whether a 3 bin system is introduced in September 2018. If it goes ahead, the new system would take several years to implement and you would have a green bin service after 2020.  This time would be 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 else will I get to help me use my green bin properly?
If the 3 bin system is implemented, everyone who received 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 would be emptied weekly. Your 240L yellow recycling bin would continue to be emptied fortnightly and your 120L red rubbish bin would 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 their annual Council rates notice.

Would the green 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