Media Release – FACTS ON GREEN WASTE DISPOSAL

There has been quite a bit controversy regarding Council’s proposal to reduce the amount of green waste being placed in household general waste bins and Council is now seeking to clarify the intention of the move.

There are obviously those within the community who do not have access to a large bins which can be rented from https://www.skip-rental.co.uk/ to store waste, ute or other means to deliver their green waste to the local tip and this is particularly the case with many elderly and infirm residents.

As the following media release explains, Council is seeking the cooperation of those who do have access to alternative means of disposal to refrain from using their household bins and thereby reduce the significant impact on our landfill facilities which costs the community a small fortune to maintain….

GET THE FACTS ON GREEN WASTE

Bundaberg Regional Council is clarifying the facts surrounding the correct disposal of green waste in domestic wheelie bins.

Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesperson Cr Vince Habermann said he wanted to rectify some of the confusion around the issue.

“While the disposal of green waste in domestic wheelie bins is not prohibited, Council wants to work with the community to gradually reduce the amount of green waste that ends up in kerbside bins and ultimately buried in our local landfills, by looking at alternatives for green waste disposal,” Cr Habermann said.

Council recently resolved to undertake an extensive community awareness campaign on green waste, to educate the public on the costs and the environmental impacts of green waste contamination.  

The green waste facts:

  • Approximately 32% of waste collected by Council’s Waste Collection Services is green waste
  • Around 8,300 tonnes of green waste is collected by Council per annum
  • The use of domestic refuse bins for the disposal of green waste costs Council’s waste management operation up to $522,000 per year in disposal costs, which are ultimately borne by the ratepayers

“As a Council, we’re reassuring all residents across the region that their bins will continue to be serviced by our collections team, whether they contain green waste or not,” Cr Habermann said.

Residents are encouraged to look at alternatives for disposal of their green waste where possible.

Alternatives include:

  • Composting at home either into a composting system or by returning grass clippings to your garden,
  • not catching your grass clippings
  • using a self mulching mower,
  • self hauling your waste to a local waste facility
  • or use a garden waste bag service

More helpful tips are included on the Don’t Waste Your Green Waste Fact Sheet available on Council’s website: http://bundaberg.qld.gov.au/files/Green_Waste_Disposal.pdf.

ENDS

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