Mitchell Shire Council will replace 20,000 household kerbside bins in most towns across the municipality over six weeks starting from Monday 9 July.
Getting your new bin is simple – just put your old bins out as normal and they will be replaced as part of your fortnightly recycling collection.
The new bins will help reduce the cost of dealing with requests to replace old damaged bins. It is also hoped they will improve recycling rates and reduce recycling contamination with a more consistent standard across Australia.
Mandalay, most of Wallan and some rural areas will not have their bins replaced at this stage. Those with older style bins in these areas will be considered for future replacement programs.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said replacing the bins would have a range of benefits for both the community and environment.
“The new bins will have a red lid and black body for garbage and a yellow lid and black body is for recycling, which is in line with the Australian standard, and will look the same as those being rolled out by many councils across the country,” Cr Sanderson said.
“By having a more consistent approach, we hope the new bins will help people to put the right waste in the right bins whether they live here, have recently moved here or are visiting.
“The new bins will also serve as a timely reminder for us all to try and reduce the amount of waste we produce and to refamiliarise ourselves with the correct way to recycle.
“Increasing recycling and decreasing contamination in your recycling bin means less items will end up in landfill which is good for the environment and reduces the pressure on costly space at our landfills.”
“In the long run, we hope the new bins will help reduce cost pressures on our landfill by encouraging more people to recycle correctly, which means less waste to landfill.”
Once collected the redundant bins will either be reused for street bins, within enclosures or sent to a recycling processor to be turned into resin which is used to make other products such as new wheelie bins and other moulded plastic products.
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