Waste collection overhaul

Image: File photo.
Image: File photo.

Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the plan would maximise waste services and increase recycling with hopes of reducing the amount of waste going into landfills.

‘We are always looking at new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transport costs associated with waste collection and have come up with a process that we believe is unique,’ he said.

The sorting of waste will be simplified into organic and inorganic waste systems also described as ‘wet and dry’.

For wheelie bin collections this means that green lid bins are dedicated to receiving plant, food and other putrescibles and compostable material. Yellow lid bins will be set aside for packaging, paper, small appliances and any other non-toxic inert discarded materials.

‘The new sorting regime is designed to be more user friendly and will be partnered with comprehensive education programs,’ Cr Vaughan said.

Town director Anthony Vuleta said research conducted for the report shows that the amount of recycled waste could increase by 34 per cent annually without any increase to the cost of collections and processing.

The Town is planning for a six to nine-month transition phase when the plan is implemented in 2014.