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Published Thursday 6 October 2022
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Our kerbside bins are changing

Mitchell Shire residents will be able to put their food scraps and garden clippings in a kerbside bin and access a glass recycling service from 2025 under changes to Council’s waste services.

These changes align with the State Government’s legislation that requires Victorian Councils to provide a four-bin system to all households by 2030.

The four-bin system will see waste separated into mixed recycling, food and garden organics, glass recycling, and general rubbish.

With these two new services in Mitchell Shire, which include a weekly food and garden organics kerbside collection, Council will be scaling back the general rubbish to a fortnightly service.

This model has seen the most success in diverting waste from landfill and has been adopted by several councils, including:

  • Shire of Strathbogie
  • City of Greater Shepparton
  • Shire of Macedon Ranges
  • Shire of Nillumbik
  • Monash City Council
  • Knox City Council
  • Bass Coast Shire Council
  • City of Banyule.
Our Community have told us they want an organic’s kerbside service and this is a key part of Council’s efforts to address the broader issue of climate change.
Mitchell Shire Mayor, Councillor Bill Chisholm

Waste to landfill accounts for 75% of Mitchell Shire Council’s greenhouse gas emissions.

When food breaks down in landfill, it creates methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

A recent audit found more than 65% of kerbside waste going to landfill in Mitchell could be recycled or composted, significantly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

Broken glass in the recycling bin makes other items like cardboard, paper and plastic hard to recycle. By putting your glass bottles and jars in a separate bin, more of these materials can be recycled into new things.

Council needs the community’s help to understand the best four-bin option for Mitchell's growing population and will ask for input in the coming weeks.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

"We’re fortunate to be able to learn from other councils to provide the system that is likely to have the best outcomes for our environment and the best financial benefit for our community.

“Based on other council’s experiences, a weekly food and garden organics and a fortnightly household rubbish kerbside service has the best environmental outcomes as it diverts more waste from landfill.

“We need to take action to meet our zero net emissions target."

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