The additional cost to provide each household with
a green bin would be approximately $150 per year. Residents on large blocks or with big gardens
may find this charge reasonable. However for units or households with small
gardens, or householders who already manage their kitchen and green waste
through home composting, mulching etc, this additional cost is unacceptable.
Green bins partially remove only one component out
of a complex waste stream. So, in
considering green bins, questions need to be asked, such as:
· what is the purpose of the bin?
· what is the cost to provide the bin?
· what process is required to best utilise the collected waste from the bin?
· how effective is a green bin in reducing waste?
is the best long term sustainable way to manage all waste?
3. The current system of taking green waste to the recycling facilities (eg at the tip) which is then processed, produces a higher quality, pasteurised product, with less contamination (i.e. foreign materials) than green waste collected in a green bin.
Experience has shown the risk of contamination with other waste in the green bin is high.
Even where a green bin is provided, many different
waste types, including recyclable materials (bottles, cans etc) and green waste
are still found in the accompanying red lid bin. All these recyclable materials are then a
“lost resource” as they go to landfill.
So. a green bin does not and cannot achieve the diversion from landfill that Council is tasked with achieving.
Council’s proposed new processing of the red lid bin will capture every recyclable material, including green waste. A “biomass” is produced from the food and green waste components, which will be used as an additive for brick manufacture and cement render. Over 90% of all the waste in the red bin will be recovered.
4. Council offers a number of options for managing green waste in your garden:
· Free home compost bins are provided to attendees at Council’s home composting workshops
to 10 Recycling and Waste transfer facilities which accept green waste for a reduced
no-charge disposal vouchers are issued to each homeowner per year which can be
used in lieu of payment of the green waste fee
· An on-call green waste pick up service for a small fee. A voucher can also be used in lieu of payment of this fee
these options are not convenient, a different size red lid bin can be
provided. A selection of three different
sized red lid bins, 80 litres, 120 litres and 240 litres is available, with a
different price structure for each size bin.