Kerbside recycling, bin check program

Since Hobsons Bay started using a four bin service in February 2020, we’ve had some great outcomes. Hobsons Bay residents are keen recyclers.

To make household recycling easier, and improve our city’s recycling, Council delivers helpful information that’s tailored to each household. 

Recycling bin checks help measure recycling outcomes, help Council better support residents, and provide individual feedback to households. This all helps to improve our recycling and meet our goals: to send less waste to landfill; to provide an efficient and cost-effective kerbside service; and look after our beautiful natural environment.

BIN STICKERS EXPLAINED

Finding a sticker across the lid of your household’s recycling bin can be surprising but don’t be alarmed. It is not a fine.

Look at the colour and the information on the sticker.

Green: Thank you for sorting your household recycling.
Your efforts make a big difference to the city’s overall outcomes.
Action required -
Keep up the great work.

Amber: The high amount of non-recyclable items in your bin means the contents cannot be sorted at our recycling facility. Your bin hasn’t been emptied. There will be a tick (or ticks) next to the incorrect items found in your recycling bin.
Action required -
Because this is the first time your household has received a yellow sticker, a rubbish truck will come the following Saturday to collect any remaining full bins. If you leave your bin out, it will be emptied and the contents will be taken to landfill.
Alternatively, if you would like the contents to be recycled, you can remove the non-recyclable items, then place the bin back on the kerbside for the next recycling collection in a fortnight’s time.

Red: The high amount of non-recyclable items in your bin means the contents cannot be sorted at our recycling facility. Your bin hasn’t been emptied. There will be a tick (or ticks) next to the incorrect items found in your recycling bin.
Action required -
Because this is not the first time your household’s bin has been stickered, you will need to remove the items, as indicated on the sticker. Then, place your bin back on the kerbside for the next fortnight’s scheduled collection.

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I RECEIVED A LETTER, BUT NO STICKER

The letter tells you there was a low level of non-recyclable items in your recycling bin. We’ve all accidentally put non-recyclable items in the recycling bin! Your bin has been emptied.

Please take a moment to check the reverse of the letter, which shows which items can go in the recycling bin, and leave out everything else.

Doing recycling checks like these, reveals that many people put the same types of non-recyclable items in recycling.

The types of non-recyclable items most often put in recycling bins are:

X Bagged items
Remember to put recyclables in the bin loose, not in bags

X Hard rubbish
e.g. toys, carpet, household and garden appliances and tools

X Unaccepted plastics
e.g. codes 3, 4, 6 or 7; soft plastics, including plastic bags

X Non-recyclable paper and cardboard
e.g. long-life cartons, heavily soiled paper and cardboard, takeaway coffee cups

X Glass

Does everyone in your household know what can go in the recycling bin?

 

WHY COUNCIL CHECKS BINS

Bin checks are just one of the ways that Council monitors recycling, and connects with the community.

Current data shows the average contamination rate of recycling in Hobsons Bay is 33 per cent. Put another way, 67 per cent of the materials put in recycling bins can actually be recycled.

When non-recyclable items are put in the recycling bin, they make it more difficult to sort at the recycling facility. They contaminate and damage the recyclable materials they are mixed with, which can result in the whole truck load going to landfill. Sending materials to landfill creates harmful, long-lasting greenhouse gases, and costs Council and ratepayers more.

Every household’s efforts contribute to the community’s success.

 

COVID-SAFE

This program is paused during Victorian Government initiated lockdowns.

All personnel conducting bin checks adhere to the advice of the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and the World Health Organisation, which includes following measures detailed in Council’s and its contractors’ COVIDSafe Plan.

Measures include wearing appropriate PPE equipment, using disinfectant and minimal touching of bins, as well as practising social distancing.