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What do you think may be the benefits of the new garbage collection system?

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by zunny 21 Dec 2011, 01:25 PM

RichardM 03 Jan 2012, 10:31 AM
i think this is a good idea and should be implemented as soon as possible
Eveliene 03 Jan 2012, 10:32 AM
I really appreciate the fact the councils are trying to make recycling easier!
Geo 03 Jan 2012, 10:39 AM
It will be a proactive way of maintaining the cost of waste collection and also to make us more user friendly with our waste. Most households would likely collect their food waste already so not a hard change!
denise 03 Jan 2012, 02:26 PM
I already compost all my kitchen waste except meat. I live up a very steep driveway and require garbage to be collected weekly. We already have the big paper and bottle bins which are full on a fortnightly basis. So to have this collection in
one bin fortnightly would not be adequate for our needs or getting down driveway. Is there another way????

I appreciate council trying to cut costs - but they should also look at individual properties to see difficulties that arise by changing frequency and use of bins.
PhilB 09 Jan 2012, 08:13 AM
There should be an option for residents with special requirements to obtain different services for a varied rate.
Rusty 03 Jan 2012, 04:08 PM
I think anything that is going to increase recycling efforts are to be commended. It's taken long enough to apreciate the need.
edeshon 03 Jan 2012, 05:14 PM
It just might be simpler!!
Peter 03 Jan 2012, 06:54 PM
Biggest benefit is reducing landfill and it's also great to simply use the existing vegetation bin. Keeping it simple. Great idea.
avanti 03 Jan 2012, 10:07 PM
This is a really intelligent way of dealing with our household garbage by recovering much more of the currently wasted resources lost to landfill. Can't wait for this to begin!
jenm 04 Jan 2012, 04:20 PM
Less landfill will be the winner, and if compost bins were given to those who request them, then it would be even more efficient. Wish it could start sooner
Ebe 04 Jan 2012, 04:25 PM
It's great that we are trying to reduce landfill and help those in the community who have not embraced the need to practice sustainable habits. It's a must! I did the tour to the waste unit out west and you can see for yourself what really happens and what can and can't be recyled and the need to reduce landfill.
SarahH 12 Jan 2012, 09:55 AM
An organic waste collection system is long overdue! We live in a very steep bushy area, so we don't have the space or the sort of soil that you can dig compost into, so composting at home is difficult. A collection system would be very welcome, especially as a large portion of household waste is organic. I hope it is implemented as soon as possible!

As to the question of nappies, the Council can set up a cloth nappy library to help residents learn about the benefits of using cloth nappies - if washed in cold water with a phosphate-free detergent and dried on the line, they are very environmentally friendly, and it keeps disposable nappies out of landfill. It also keeps human waste out of landfill because it goes into the sewerage system instead of the bin (and thus gets treated properly). Aurburn council has already implemented this:
http://www.auburn.nsw.gov.au/Welcome/News/Pages/Try%20out%20cloth%20nappies%20for%20free.aspx
Even if a family used a cloth nappy on one baby only twice a day (for example at night), that's over 100 nappies a year that have not gone into landfill. The Council should also encourage child care centres to allow the use of modern cloth nappies on children. Most are as easy to use as disposables and this will reduce their waste also.

Certain brands of disposable nappies are compost-able if they are just wet - Moltex, Eenies and Nature BabyCare (these are available in the major supermarkets). They are made from cornstarch instead of plastic and should be acceptable for the organic bin. I guess this is something that could be included in the education material.
Jacko 12 Jan 2012, 11:11 AM
I think it is great. Combining garden and kitchen waste is a no brainer for those who don't compost.

Council needs to justify or stick with the status quo re:

i)Combining paper, bottles & plastics into one bin instead of keeping them separate.
ii) Having 1 x 240L bin for recyclables instead of the current 2 x 120L bins.
curly 13 Jan 2012, 01:39 PM
By the sounds of it there will be less garbage trucks on the road which will be a real plus. They are noisy, dangerous and hold up traffic as well as creating carbon emissions.

Food recycling is a great way to go and will be great for reducing carbon emissions.
JaH 22 Jan 2012, 02:30 PM
A major benefit is having a uniform recycling system across the four councils, it is often very confusing when you go to a friends or family's house in another council area that has a different recycling system. The organic waste recycling bin as well as one combined recycling bin makes it simpler for everyone. The new system should be used as a case study for other areas across Australia.
Jay Dee 16 Feb 2012, 02:07 PM
The organic waste recycling system has been in place ( successfully ) in Coffs, Belingen & Nambucca Heads shires ( as a co-op) for several years. We should look at them for guidance.
Tracey 01 Feb 2012, 05:42 PM
Am glad to be able to compost we need to reduce landfill urgently. We have a very small yard so have not been able to compost much in the past.
Jay Dee 16 Feb 2012, 02:02 PM
It will reduce the volume of material going to (limited) land fill sites.
Properly processed organic material will be turned into first quality organic mulch.