A Weekly Green Bin Trial has been approved by Council.
Take the Pledge
The weekly green bin trial will be targeted to the collection service for Goodwood 500 residents and up to 40 businesses for a period of six months. This initiative progresses one of my election promises and is unanimously supported by Council.
Goodwood was picked due to their excellent uptake of the
“Take the Pledge” Council program I have previously blogged about.
It will be subject to a successful State Government grant application.
Food waste and organic matter is the largest resource by weight currently going to landfill. Landfill being the most expensive form of waste disposal. Waste that could be recycled into compost if placed in the green organics bin.
While our prime focus is to achieve environmental outcomes avoiding the massive taxes imposed on landfill is a bonus.
The State Government promoting this scheme is a God Send. Previously when the Local Government industry have talked about diverting waste from the blue to the green bin we are shot down with claims Councils are just trying to make a profit. With the debate focused not on weekly green but fortnightly blue bins the other arguments have been but bin (blue) will be infested with ants and smell if collected two weekly.
This trial will test if this different service model results in less food waste going to landfill.
Providing this small section of our community with a choice each week will see whether they will voluntarily shift their deposits from the blue to the green bin.
If it does it may demonstrate that the public is ready to accept weekly green bins. The Government would surly have to take notice of this and change therefore their policy of compulsory blue bin pick-ups.
If successful we may be able to demonstrate that fortnightly blue bin collections may be appropriate because there will be little waste in them.