Food and Garden Waste Collection
New Food and Garden Waste Collection Service
From 1 July, Council is launching a new weekly Food and Garden Waste Collection service.
Currently, the average household waste bin has 60% kitchen food waste and garden material that could otherwise be diverted from landfill and turned into a new resource.
What is changing?
Standalone* residential properties with an existing garbage collection will receive a new Organic Waste Collection Service from 1 July 2018.
These households will receive a new organics bin (lime green lid) and kitchen caddy throughout May and June. If you have not received your bin by July please contact Council.
General waste collection will continue weekly. Collection of container recycling bins (yellow lid) and paper recycling bins (blue lid) will continue on a fortnightly rotation.
The new service will deliver a cost saving to the region by diverting 3,000 tonnes per annum from landfill, extending the life of the current Waste Facility by 10 to 15 years and subsequently saving millions of dollars in replacement landfill space.
What changes will occur to my waste collection services?
Residents with a current waste collection service will receive a new 240L food and garden organics bin (collected weekly).
When does the new Food and Garden Waste Collection Service start?
The new Food and Garden Waste Collection Service will start on 1 July 2018. As part of the rollout of this new service, you will also receive an education pack on how to use your bin, as well as kitchen caddy and roll of compostable liners.
Who will receive a new Food and Garden Waste Collection Service?
All standalone residential properties with a garbage collection service will receive this new service.
Strata properties including flats and units will receive correspondence from Council asking them to nominate interest in the service.
Businesses, schools and public buildings are excluded initially, they will receive correspondence asking for interest in the new service in the second half of 2018.
When will the new lime green lid food and garden waste bin be delivered?
The new lime green lid food and garden waste bin will be delivered to your address in May/ June 2018. If you do not receive a new bin by 1 July, please contact Council on 1300 765 002.
What do I do with the kitchen caddy and/or compostable liners provided?
Place your kitchen caddy in an accessible area of your kitchen such as a benchtop or under the sink, and place a Council-provided compostable liner to the caddy. You can then dispose of food scraps into this caddy. When your caddy is ready to be emptied, tightly tie up the liner and place the tied-up bag into your new food and garden waste bin. Once this is done, place a new liner in your kitchen caddy to continue to dispose of your food scraps.
How often is the food and garden waste bin collected?
Your food and garden waste bin will be collected WEEKLY starting the week of the 1 July 2018.
Will this affect my regular waste collection?
For residents in Gulgong who live on the Western side of Medley Street - your collection day will change to Thursday after 1 July 2018.
For residents in Gulgong who live on the Eastern side of Medley Street - your collection day will change to Monday after 1 July 2018.
For residents in Kandos, Rylstone, Rathdowney, Charbon and Clandulla - your collection day will change to Friday after 1 July 2018.
Mudgee collection days will remain unchanged.
What CAN go in the new food and garden waste bin?
Food and garden waste including: fruit and vegetables, any leftovers or expired foods, meat, chicken, fish, all bones, dairy (cheese, milk, yoghurt etc.), tea leaves and tea bags, coffee grounds, bread, rice, pasta and all grains, cake and biscuits.
Garden waste including: lawn/grass clippings, twigs and small prunings, leaves (dry or green), flowers, soiled paper and cardboard (like pizza boxes and serviettes). See the education pack provided with your bin for further details.
What CAN’T go in the new food and garden waste bin?
Any liners that were not provided by Council, rocks, soil, large prunings/branches greater than 15cm long, building materials (including timber), plastic bags, plastic packets, cling wrap, any recyclables, medical waste (e.g. syringes), car batteries, gas bottles, hazardous waste including chemicals, paint, light bulbs/mirrors etc.
Do I have to use the Council-provided compostable liners for the food scraps that go into my new bin?
Yes, you must only use the Council-provided compostable liners in your food and garden waste bin. Other types of liners may not break down correctly (even if they say that they are compostable bags), and can cause significant problems during the processing of food and garden waste after collection.
What can I do if I run out of the Council-provided compostable liners?
Contact Council on 1300 765 002 when you are getting low on liners, before you run out. Council will arrange to have a new roll delivered to your household.
What do I do if my bin starts to smell?
To prevent odour in your food and garden waste bin, consider the following tips:
- Use a 'bin saver' or deodoriser to reduce smells and minimise flies in the summer months.
- Use grass clippings to cover loose food and garden waste in your bin.
- Keep your bin in a more shaded area.
Will this cost me more money?
Ratepayers with an existing garbage collection will notice an adjustment to their Rates Notice to reflect the additional collection and processing service.
This fee increase will be added to the Domestic Waste Management charge on annual Rates Notices.
What happens if any of my bins are damaged, stolen or don’t get collected?
Should you have any issues with your new or existing bins, Council’s waste services department will address your enquiry. Council will log the issue as a works request and you will be provided with a reference number.
What do the different colour bin lids mean?
Lime green lid = food and garden waste bin
Blue lid= paper/cardboard recycling bin
Yellow lid = container recycling bin (glass bottles/jars, plastic containers, steel and aluminium cans)
Dark green or red lid = general waste bin
What happens to my food and garden waste after it is collected?
After the material is collected it is transported to the Dubbo Regional Organics Processing Plant at Cooba Road, Dubbo, where it is turned into a rich compost product for future use.
This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA's Waste Less Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.