With food waste now in the green bin and less waste in red bins, many residents have asked us to move to a weekly green bin collection to reduce odours and better support food waste recycling.
The trial will test the success of a weekly green bin service and a fortnightly red bin service.
We want to hear from residents about whether a weekly green bin and fortnightly red bin service can support our community’s waste needs, reduce waste to landfill and increase food waste recycling.
- 29 October 2019 to May 2020
- Green bin (food scraps and garden waste): every week
- Yellow recycling bin and red garbage bin: every fortnight
To determine if you are part of this trial, please see the map below:
Here’s what to do
- If you don’t have a green bin or a kitchen caddy, please call 9524 3333 and we’ll deliver one free of charge.
- Join our closed Facebook group and share your tips, ideas, questions and issues.
- Come and enjoy a free sausage at our pop-up van from 11am to 2pm on Sunday 8 December 2019 at Wattle Grove Reserve, Wattle Grove, McKinnon. Vegetarian options will be available.
- Make sure you’re putting the right things in the right bin.
- We’re here to help make this a success. If you have any queries or want to join our mailing list, contact us on 9524 3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Your new bin collection calendar
|29 Oct||5 Nov||12 Nov||19 Nov||26 Nov||3 Dec||10 Dec||17 Dec||24 Dec||31 Dec|
|7 Jan||14 Jan||21 Jan||28 Jan||4 Feb||11 Feb||18 Feb||25 Feb||3 Mar||10 Mar|
|17 Mar||24 Mar||31 Mar||7 Apr||14 Apr||21 Apr||28 Apr||5 May||12 May||19 May|
What goes in each bin?
- It’s important that you put the right items in each bin, otherwise the entire bin contents will end up in landfill. Don’t use plastic bags in your recycling or green bins. Plastic bags can be used in red bins.
- Our fact sheet explains what can and can’t go in your red, green and recycling bins.
- Not sure what goes in your recycling bin? Check out our Recycling A-Z guide.
- Food scraps are no longer garbage. More information on food waste recycling.
Why are you doing the trial?
- Before we introduced food waste recycling, food made up about 50 per cent of the waste in household red bins. Keeping food waste out of landfill is one of the most important things we can do to fight climate change.
- Left in landfills, rotting food waste creates methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, resulting in a terrible environmental impact.
- It’s now 18 months since we introduced this service, and there’s now far more food scraps in green bins and less food in red bins. People who are using the food waste recycling service also report emptier red bins and smellier green bins.
- As a result, many residents have asked us to change to a weekly green bin and fortnightly red bin service to help reduce odours.
- The trial will test the success of a weekly green bin service and a fortnightly red bin service. We want to hear from residents about whether a weekly green bin and fortnightly red bin service can support our community’s waste needs, reduce waste to landfill and increase food waste recycling.
What happens at the end of the trial?
- We will send updates throughout the trial and give plenty of notice of any changes to your bin collection services in early May next year. Council may decide to extend or expand the weekly green bin and fortnightly red bin service, and we’ll let you know well in advance.
How do I get a green bin and/or a kitchen caddy?
- If you don’t have a green bin or a kitchen caddy, please contact Council on 9524 3333 and we will deliver one free of charge. If you do not currently have a green bin and you’re the property resident, you are eligible for a free green bin regardless of whether you are an owner or renter,
- The kitchen caddy sits on your kitchen counter to make placing food scraps in your green bin easy. You can also pick up your caddy from our pop-up van on Sunday 13 October at Wattle Grove Reserve.
What if my red bin is full and I need more space?
- If your red bin becomes full, do not put non-recyclable materials in your recycling bin otherwise the entire bin contents will end up in landfill. Email us at email@example.com or call on 9524 3333 for tips on reducing your waste and making best use of your green bin.
- Residents in the trial area with a newborn, medical needs, or large families, may be entitled to a large or additional red bin at a reduced rate. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 9524 3333 and we will guide you through the application process. For all other residents in the trial area, we can discuss your concerns and give you tips on making the best use of your green bin and reducing household waste.
What if my bin needs cleaning?
We have negotiated an arrangement with The Bin Butlers who can offer you a competitive price on their bin cleaning. If you would like to book a bin cleaning service, contact Bin Butlers directly on 1300 788 123 or visit thebinbutlers.com.au*
To receive your discount when booking online:
- choose 1 OFF BIN CLEANING SERVICE
- choose your options
- go to cart or checkout
- add your coupon code which will be dictated by how many bins you require cleaning
- your coupon code will be your postcode-1bin or postcode-2bin or postcode-3bin (eg. 3204-2bin)
Is Glen Eira still recycling yellow bin materials?
- Glen Eira’s recycling service is unaffected by reported issues with SKM recycling facilities. Recyclables from Council’s waste services are not going to landfill. Our recycling is sorted, processed, and recycled by a different facility, Polytrade.
Am I definitely in the trial area?
- The trial area is approximately 900 households bordered by North Road, Thomas Street, McKinnon Street and Wheatley Road. You should have received a letter from Council. All residents in the trial area have received a letter from Council with their new collection calendar.
The trial area is marked in yellow on the map here.
What should we do if we are a family with children in nappies?
We want to support residents adjust to the trial and see if we can help you manage your household waste needs. Young children in nappies often means the amount of waste that needs to go into the red bin is higher than other households. Sustainability Victoria has a great page with an overview on nappies and information on how to choose a sustainable re-usable option such as cloth nappies. Head over to Sustainability Victoria for some tips.
If a re-usable nappy option is not feasible, you may be entitled to a large or additional red bin at no additional cost. Please email us at email@example.com or call on 9524 3333 and we will guide you through the application process.