Fourth bin trial feedback to guide rollout

Published on 29 November 2019

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Surf Coast Shire Council’s trial of fourth household kerbside bins is nearing completion, with findings set to guide full rollout during 2020.

Thirty households of varying sizes from Moriac to Lorne are using the 120-litre purple lid bins for one month to explore the types and volumes of glass collected by residents.

Mayor Rose Hodge, Deputy Mayor Clive Goldsworthy and Cr David Bell are among participants measuring how use of the fourth bin works alongside existing waste and recycling bins, and helping identify any issues.

“It is easy to keep the glass separate, and quick and easy to give bottles and jars a rinse,” Cr Hodge said.

“Finding space for the bin hasn’t been an issue in our case but it will be very interesting to hear how other households have managed with all aspects of the trial.

“Thanks to all of our volunteers for participating.”

Council has committed to introducing a fourth bin during the first half of 2020 as it strives to provide a more resilient and environmentally responsible collection service for the community.

The trial has involved separation of glass because it can be a major contaminant of paper, cardboard and other recyclables if it breaks.

Trial participant Nicola Muxworthy of Lorne said her household of seven – a family of five and two extras – would not fill the purple lid bin in a month.

“Even though there are seven of us, we don’t generate much glass, just a few wine bottles and the odd jar,” she said.

“While I think it is a great idea and it is easy to separate the glass for the bin, it is still an extra bin to be keeping on our property and by the end of November ours will barely be a quarter full.”

Nicola welcomed increased community focus on recyclables and resource recovery following Victoria’s recycling collection breakdown.

Fellow trial participants John and Jan Broadrick of Winchelsea said everything possible needed to be done to recycle resources and avoid waste going to landfill.

“Sorting our waste into bins at home is a minor inconvenience, only taking a few minutes every few days,” they said.

“A small amount of extra effort is all that is involved.”

Participant Nicky Perkin of Fairhaven said her household of two had noted the impact of the fourth bin.

“The purple bin supplied was a small one. We filled this with glass waste in just over two weeks,” she said.

“We would be happy to see the purple bin become part of the future kerbside service, particularly if this stops recyclable material going to landfill.”

As Council continues to plan for changes to the kerbside bin service, the community will have further opportunities to provide input. Council will keep people informed via www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au, Facebook, local papers and will be out in the community closer to the fourth bin rollout.

Collection of household food organics together with garden organics, will also be introduced across the shire during the first half of 2020.