Have your say about the regional waste solution

We welcome your feedback on the new regional waste collection system. Please direct your comments and questions to your local council:

Answers to some common questions on the new system are outlined below, including:

  • What is the collection system being planned?
  • Why the suggested change?
  • Won’t the garbage smell if it is collected fortnightly?
  • What about nappies?
  • Will I have to pay more rates?
  • How will I get my food scraps into the organics bin?
  • What can I place in a co-mingled recycling bin?
  • What should I do with meat, bones, fish, prawns etc?
  • When will the system be brought in?

What is the collection system being planned?
This is a much more modern and efficient service that will mean we recycle more of our garbage and keep rates as low as possible.

The average house or ‘single dwelling’ service includes:

  • One mixed food & vegetation bin. The mixed food & vegetation will be converted into compost and COLLECTED WEEKLY
  • A free kitchen tidy and cornstarch bags delivered to all homes to contain food waste before its put in the bin.
  • One mixed recycling bin for paper and recyclable containers COLLECTED FORTNIGHTLY
  • A general waste bin COLLECTED FORTNIGHTLY

In units/apartments ALL bins will be COLLECTED WEEKLY.

Why the change?
It will save residents money, increase diversion of precious resources from landfill to recycling and avoid significant CO2 emissions from transport and landfilling. Landfill disposal costs are increasing each year due to the increasing State Government landfill levy and landfill operating charges.

The new system minimises the impact of these increasing costs and will keep rates much lower than if we kept our current system. Recycling is increased as the food and garden organics are recycled into compost which can be re-used by councils or other organisations. Currently food waste, which makes up 40% of household garbage, goes to landfill.

This system will also allow the councils to meet the State Government targets of 66% diversion of waste from landfill by 2014 which have been set for councils to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Won’t the garbage smell if it is collected fortnightly?
This system is already being used by hundreds of thousands of residents across Sydney and doesn’t cause a problem. Food will continue to be collected WEEKLY in the green lidded ‘organics bin’ along with garden clippings, prunings, leaves etc.

As the smells and odours we typically associate with our waste bin come from the decomposing food waste, this new system is no more likely to cause odours than the current system. The residual garbage bin collected FORTNIGHTLY (with the red lid) should mainly contain things like textiles, ceramics and dust/dirt – meaning the contents should not be rotting or decomposing.

What about nappies?
Councils are considering options for residents with additional needs, for example through a weekly service or something similar for those that need it. Will I have to pay more rates? The new system will minimise the impact of increasing waste costs and will keep rates much lower than if we kept our current system.

The cost of waste disposal generally is increasing because of the escalating cost of landfill and various environmental levies. Costs of the new system will be lower overall. This is because it takes the food waste out of landfill and puts it though a composting system, therefore avoiding the significant landfill costs. With food making up around 40% of our general waste stream at the moment, this is a big potential saving.

How will I get my food scraps into the organics bin?
A kitchen ‘tidy bin’ that can be placed on the benchtop or in a cupboard will be supplied to all households. Special cornstarch bags, that can be composted, will be provided as bin liners. Residents simply line the kitchen tidy bin with a cornstarch bag and then place food waste in the tidy bin until full. The full cornstarch bag can be tied up and placed it in your organics bin along with your garden and other organic waste.

What can I place in a co-mingled recycling bin?
All paper and cardboard, as well as plastics, glass and recyclable metals go in the co-mingled bin. This is much simpler than the current system which has two separate streams and is hardly used anywhere else in Australia. The move to a co-mingled recycling bin is about simplifying the recycling, making it easier for residents and visitors to use and continuing our high rate of recovering recyclables. It is planned for the system to be introduced once the new recycling facilities are constructed at Kimbriki. The introduction will follow a significant period of community education and consultation to ensure residents concerns are fully addressed.

What should I do with meat, bones, fish, prawns etc?
All food including meat, bones, fish, prawns, etc (basically anything that was once alive) can be put into the weekly food and vegetation bin collection. Unlike a home compost system, the facility that will be built at Kimbriki will be able to compost all these materials to make garden and soil products.

Find out more about the New Waste Collection System below

  • Ian Baddock

    If recycling is a crucial driver of this change, why are you limiting recycling to only material you can fit in your bin? Currently, the council will take excess recycling and garden waste that won’t fit in your bins. However, this is being phased out.

    Whilst the Kimbriki depot is a great solution, not everyone has access to a vehicle to get there.