Organics Bin Service

Council is considering the option to upgrade the current kerbside collection service to include a third bin - an organics bin for garden and food waste (green lid). The organics bin service (green lid) would give residents a kerbside bin disposal option for garden waste and for diverting food and other organic waste from landfill.

A short, confidential survey is currently open to all ratepayers and residents of the Alpine Shire. It will take around 5 minutes to complete.

The survey closes on Sunday, 14 July 2019.

Please read our information flyer HERE before taking the survey.

Take our survey HERE.

Hard copies of the survey are available at Council’s libraries in Mount Beauty, Myrtleford and Bright or from Council’s Bright Offices.

Why an organics service?

Up to 44% of an average household landfill bin (red lid) in the Alpine Shire is made up of potentially compostable resources, like food waste (NEWRRG, 2017). This is a lot of waste going to landfill that could be diverted and made into a valuable compost.

Did you know - organics decomposing in landfill produce methane, a greenhouse gas that when released into the atmosphere is bad for our environment?

Methane has at least 25 times stronger global warming potential than carbon dioxide. Food waste is the biggest contributor to the methane emissions in landfill (cited MWRRG 2018).

In landfill organic waste is decomposed in anaerobic conditions (lacking oxygen) - it is preferable to process organic matter via an aerobic process (with free oxygen present), such as composting, or under controlled anaerobic conditions so methane can be captured and used for other purposes, like energy production.

Keeping organics out of landfill is the most effective way of reducing emissions associated with landfills.

A side note – if you happen to have a green lid waste bin, please contact Council to have it replaced with a red lid.

What would go into an organics bin?
• Leftover food waste and spoiled food
• Meat, meat bones, seafood shells and bones, chicken carcases
• Fruit and vegetable scraps, including citrus fruit
• Dairy products
• Eggshells
• Coffee grounds, tea bags
• Pet waste
• Paper towel, tissues
• Shredded paper
• Small branches, garden prunings, weeds,
• Grass clippings, leaves
• Flowers

Can anyone living in the Alpine Shire complete a survey?
Yes. All Alpine Shire residents and ratepayers are invited to complete the survey. We do encourage one survey to be completed per household or business.

Why hasn’t an organics service been introduced earlier?
A combination of kerbside collection, transport and processing costs would have made the additional cost for ratepayers unreasonable. Advancements in the sector offer new possibilities for diverting organic materials and that is why we want to hear from the community through this survey.

Want to know more about organic kerbside services and what is happening in the organics sector?
Find out what is happening across the North East to recover organics from the waste stream with the NWRRG organics fact sheet.

Learn tips and inspiring ideas for helping to reduce food waste at home, including recipes and ways you can save money and reduce food waste. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign, by Sustainability Victoria is helping Victorian’s love their leftovers.

Visit Sustainability Victoria’s webpage and read about lots of tips and options for minimising food waste, composting and putting garden waste to good use.

Want to know how to dispose of other household waste?
Check out Council’s waste and recycling webpage. There is helpful information for sustainably disposing of e-waste, where appliance batteries, paint and fluro lamps can be disposed of safely and details of Council’s waste services.

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