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What do you think about waste services in other cities or regions?

almost 10 years ago

There is a range of different types of bin collection systems across Australia. Some councils provide their residents with three bins, one for recycling, one for general waste and one for garden clippings or garden clippings and food. Other cities only have one bin where everything is thrown in together and sent to a facility where it is sorted and processed.

What do you know and think about these other services?

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  • Gyarran almost 10 years ago
    The green bin makes a lot of sense and is a good way to reduce the volume of material going to landfill. I am not in favour of a comingled recycle bin - unless the recycling facility wants it that way. Provided we have enough up to date information re what can / can't be recycled there is no reason that residents can't do their own sorting.
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    • matt almost 10 years ago
      I agree we can sort our own but it seems that when we do it all gets chucked in the truck together any how.
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      • Project Leader almost 10 years ago
        Hi there, In Lake Macquarie, the recyclables remain separated when they are collected by the trucks. The divider in your bin matches up with a divider in the hopper of the collection truck. The collection truck has two compartments. Paper and cardboard go to the bottom part of the truck hopper, and the containers go to the top part of the hopper. We understand that there may be some confusion as our neighbours, Newcastle City provide a recycling collection service without a divider in their recycling bins. The recyclables are not separated in their bin or trucks, unlike the Lake Macquarie City Council service. I hope this helps clarify your concern. Thanks.
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        • Project Leader almost 10 years ago
          There is also a movie that explains the recycling process we use in Lake Macquarie. It can be viewed at http://www.hrr.com.au/viewmovie.php
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        • Dee over 9 years ago
          I understand there is a divider but I hate it as you fit more in the non divided bin! About time we in LMCC area changed the way we recycle- cant we have either a weekly service or get a company that can handle recycling like NCC that has a non divided bin- that way every household would be recycling more. I always have an overflow of reclycables
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    • Gayle over 9 years ago
      I am happy separating my recycling and agree that having some up to date information on what can be recycled or not would be really useful.
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  • matt almost 10 years ago
    I find the systems in some places completely confusing. When we holiday on the mid north coast some of the councils have 3 bins all of which are small with different collection schedules. It drives me mad and I end up just chucking stuff in the first bin that comes to hand (glad this is anonymous!) I like 2 bins and am not convinced a green bin is needed unless there is a business case related to the waste - I dont want to see rates going up just to make people feel good. I thought the bedminster plant composted most stuff anyway?? If Council can really use green waste and it is genuinely efficient then a green bin would be ok. I think the decision should be based on cost - if the return from the waste would pay for the cost of the bins then it should go ahead. Afterall making about 100,000 green bins would have a fair environmental impact.
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    • greta g almost 10 years ago
      Well said Harry. Green waste has a dollar value which could be exploited by Council. I would however like to see Council offer a home composting unit as an alternative option to green waste collection.
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      • bigmac almost 10 years ago
        Good suggestion - a smarter solution to the problem will always be welcomed over the "same old" solution. An education program or incentive for rate payers to compost most garden waste at home (and save it from ending up in the General Waste) would be a welcomed addition to what we currently do.
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    • treena almost 10 years ago
      I have been confused by bins on holiday too and I have found the bin with unwrapped food absolutely stinks in the summer.
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  • Elaine over 9 years ago
    Every council that encourages recycling should be congratulated whatever method they use. After all they are, just like us, trying to do the right thing for the environment. I think we need to keep it simple to encourage residents to do the right thing. I like the idea of providing those residents that prefer to do their composting at home that option by providing them with a compost bin, but others probably would be encouraged by providing a collection service for their garden waste, even if it were only offered once a month.
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    • hildegard over 9 years ago
      I agree that both methods would be best. A monthly garden waste collection in a separate bin would be good because sometimes you don't want to risk weed seeds going into the compost. Compost doesn't always heat up enough to kill the weed seeds, and when you add the compost to the garden then the seeds grow. I throw seeding weeds into the garbage bin and always feel guilty about it. It would be good to throw them into a green waste bin and know that they will be discarded appropriately.
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      • Earthworks over 9 years ago
        If you can manage it, the weeds make a great liquid fertiliser - you need a bin with a lid (it stinks while it is cooking!) a shovel full of manure, cover with water, leave 8 weeks to brew, dilute to the colour of weak tea and you can feed your plants with it. This process also kills any weed seeds.
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  • Cresswell over 9 years ago
    I beleive South Australia recycle their glass bottles like we did in NSW the 1950,s 1960,s and early 1970,s and for every bottle we got back 5 cents but it stopped now we have glass and plastic bottles lying around around our streets and highways and its a mess, why did we stop? Give people a purpose and and incentive to re-cycle and it will happen.
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    • Dee over 9 years ago
      My 4 year old wanted to collect cans for money as we read it in a book and she wanted some pocket money. I think this was a great system when I was a kid and it gives people a sense of contributing to community. Bring it back!
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  • Jane over 9 years ago
    I had never thought of putting everything in the one bin for Council to sort out before. I do agree that we should be able to cope with doing the sorting at home or work ourselves. If you are issued with more than one bin it would help if they were clearly labelled.
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  • Chrissy over 9 years ago
    We moved here from Sydney - Canada Bay Council area. They had a terrific waste set up. A large green bin - for gardening scraps, branches etc, a large yellow bin - for recycling with no division down the middle of the bin - this allowed for so much more recycling waste, and a large red bin (or half size red bin if you lived in a townhouse or unit) for general waste. Every week the red bin was collected, and the recyling and garden waste was collected on alternate weeks i.e. week 1- red and yellow bin, week 2- red and green. It was a fantastic system. We were able to recycle all out garden waste. A small fridge calander was sent out each year highlighting the day the rubbish was collected and putting either a yellow or green box around the date to identify which bin would be collected that week. We were horrified when we moved here to waste all out garden scraps (we got a worm farm and chickens for the kitchen waste) and many fortnights not being able to fit the recycling in and having to place it in the general waste bin. I think it is a terrific initiative for LMCC to take on and I hope we see some action - not just talk about the issue!
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  • ologs over 9 years ago
    Look at the City of Greater Geelong - it has been working wonderfully since 2004:- (1) Rubbish - one half size (120 lt?) collected weekly (2) Recycling - one 240 lt (?) collected fortnightly - no requirement to divide recycling (3) Green waste - one 240 lt (?) collected fortnightly Suggest Lake Mac council hop on a cheap Jetstar & have a look........!!!!!
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  • Dee over 9 years ago
    I came from a house in Newcastle City council area- there was no divider in the recycle bin and it was almost impossible to fill. Now that I live in Lake Mac area I find that my recycle bin is overflowing in the first week, and I am forced to store recyclables in my shed as this yellow bin has limited capacity due to it’s divider. First step is find a company that can deal with recycling more effectively- NCC seems to be able to do it! Then consider wasting rate payers money on more bins. There are plenty of green waste collection stations that you can drop off green waste each week and worm farms don’t take up much space at all.
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    • Gyarran over 9 years ago
      Not everyone has the capability to get their green waste to a green waste drop off point. As far as I know the only place you can take your green waste is Awaba and that's a long way to go if you live on the east side of the lake. As a consequence most green waste ends up in the general rubbish bin and that goes to landfill.
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      • Dee over 9 years ago
        Just some more options these are from Newcastle City Council website- you can take a ute/trailer load there and its free (and you can do more than 1 trip too :) Weekly Locations - Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm •Mayfield West - Corner Werribi Street & Gregson Avenue •Hamilton South - Corner Darling & Hassell Streets •Lambton, Ford Oval, Womboin Road •Cobby Street, Shortland Monthly Locations - Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm •Beresfield - Lenox Street - 3rd Saturday of the month •Stockton - Corroba Oval, corner Fullerton & Meredith Streets - 2nd Saturday of the month
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        • Gyarran over 9 years ago
          Maybe there is an opportunity for LMCC to have more drop off points around the lake. It's a good option for people who have an appropriate vehicle (we don't).
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  • Sue over 9 years ago
    I personally would like a weekly yellow bin collection. I recycle everything I can and my bin is usually near to overflowing within a week. I lived in Munich, Germany for a couple of years where recycling is part of life. They had large dump style bins in which you could take your empty bottles to dispose of, these were located quite frequently throughout the city. Perhaps these could be placed in bigger places like Warners Bay, Belmont etc near supermarkets. The green bin is also a great idea. Also, a drop off for excess cardboard/paper recycling is needed, after moving house we had to drive to Carrington to a recycling company to get rid of the cartons as there was nowhere closer to dispose of them.
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    • Gayle over 9 years ago
      I agree that collection of the recycling bin weekly would be better. We seem to always fill up our recycling bin and end up having overflow into our landfill normal bin. We recycle everything we can and feel a sense of guilt throwing out recyclables. If this was too expensive I think the idea of bins for recycling in common areas like town centres would be great - I would definately use them and have used something similar in Japan between collection days when necessary.
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  • pinkle over 9 years ago
    In Tamworth and Armidale, they have recycling crates - one for cardboard and one for plastics. I love the recycling bin in Newcastle as it is much easier (being a woman!) to put the bin to the kerb each fortnight, rather than have to make two trips with heavy crates. The split system recycling bin seems ok however we tend to fill the recycling side more and not many bottles etc go into the other (hence we can't fit too much cardboard). I was involved in a greenwaste trial of bins for residents in Tamworth in 2003. After the trials, the Council implemented the greenwaste bin system to all residents as it was so successful.
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  • jannianm over 9 years ago
    I am very conscious of recycling. We used to live in Hornsby shire. The recycled paper crate was heavy to carry out. We had another crate for bottles and cans. It was pretty much the same as here, except that the recycle truck came every week. The partitioned bin probably holds just a bit more than the crates and being on wheels, is easier to put out., Here in LMCC our recycling bin is frequently full every week, while the general bin is almost empty, since it receives mostly plastic packaging that can't be recycled. I have got into gardening and composting here, so when I am composting the garden, I use the paper and cardboard under the compost, but I put the weeds into the general bin. Recently, my general bin has been very full of weeds. I don't like to put these in the compost because the seeds will germinate, making more work in the future. For this purpose, I think we could do with a separate green waste bin, perhaps collected on the alternate week from the yellow lidded bin.. If we include food scraps in that green waste bin, it will become very smelly if collected only once a fortnight. It will not work for composting if people wrap their food waste in plastic bags nor if they include meat and fish scraps. Now that more people are no longer reading newspapers, I am not sure what they should use to wrap food waste and I am wary of a complicated system for busy, working families..
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  • Earthworks over 9 years ago
    One idea implimented in Sydney was a greenwaste collection organised by Canterbury Council with a local school. Residents were able to take their greenwaste to the school were the council mulched it once a month and residents were able to take a trailer load of mulch away.
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