New waste and recycling services

A more efficient, reliable and locally-focussed kerbside waste and recycling service is coming your way over summer!

Summary

  • A new waste and recycling service will commence in summer 2019/20 for all residents that use Council’s kerbside waste and recycling service.

  • The new service will include;

    • weekly food and garden waste collections

    • monthly glass recycling collections

    • fortnightly general waste collections

    • fortnightly paper, cardboard, metals and plastic recycling collections

  • food waste and garden waste will be able to be placed in the same bin

  • residents who don’t currently have a green bin will be provided with one

  • all residents will receive a new glass recycling bin

  • food and garden waste material will be processed into soil conditioning products, including mulch and compost, for use in agriculture and horticulture

  • paper, cardboard, metals, plastic and glass will be recycled with a preference on local markets

     

During summer 2019/20, Council will deliver a more efficient, reliable and locally-focussed kerbside waste and recycling service that will reduce waste going to landfill.

The new service will focus on long term and sustainable solutions to future proof Hobsons Bay’s recycling following the challenges presented by the recycling crisis, including the closure of SKM Recycling earlier this year. 

Council will commence a separated recycling system that will recycle glass independently of other products, as well as introduce a new food organics, garden organics (FOGO) system that will repurpose organic waste, reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that negatively impact the environment.

Changes as part of the new system include: greens bins to be used for FOGO will be picked up weekly; a new bin for glass will be collected monthly; yellow lid recycling bins will continue to be collected fortnightly with some changes on items collected; and rubbish collection will change from a weekly to a fortnightly pick-up.

Food organics, garden organics (FOGO)

The FOGO system to be implemented through the existing green waste bins will be expanded to all households. Food waste including fruit and vegetables, eggshells and bones, rice and pasta, seafood, garden waste, and even food spoiled paper will be composted by processors to create mulch and compost as an organic fertiliser and soil improver.

Glass

The new system will require glass to be separated into a new bin for all households that will be collected monthly. The simple act of separating glass from other materials drastically improves the quality of all recyclable material.

Recycling

The new system will include some changes on items in the yellow lidded recycling bins collected fortnightly to improve the quality and efficiency of the recycling process.  These changes are being finalised and will be announced soon.

Stay informed about the new service

Updates and information will be released regularly on our website, in the Hobsons Bay Newsletter, on the Hobsons Bay Facebook page and also through more localised communications. More details about the program will be announced shortly to prepare for implementation over summer. To view the full media announcement click here.

Participate or volunteer as a recycling champion

Council is soon forming a volunteers group to champion the new system and help improve recycling in Hobsons Bay. Register your interest on this page and we will be in contact soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this happening now?

Council’s plans for its waste and recycling services are articulated in the Waste and Litter Management Strategy 2025. These plans include the implementation of a food organics and green organics service (FOGO) and improvements to kerbside source separation.

Following the recent closure of SKM Recycling, and strong community responses seeking to strengthen and improve recycling in the municipality, it is necessary and opportune to accelerate these plans to respond to the recycling crisis. This approach seeks to diversify the risk of being negatively influenced by future market changes by working with multiple providers, and implementing local solutions with local suppliers and markets wherever possible.

The proposed changes accelerate our plans to improve resource recovery and recycling, and reduce the volume of waste being sent to landfill. They also introduce a focus on reducing the generation of waste in the first place.

When will this happen?

The new waste and recycling system will be implemented over summer 2019/20. More details about the program will be announced shortly. For the latest updates and information, please visit www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Services/Waste-Recycling.

How do you plan to educate the community of these changes?

Council will be implementing a comprehensive engagement program to communicate the new service. Some of the communication measures that will be used include residential mail outs, launch events, website and social media updates, articles in the Hobsons Bay Newsletter, and also through localised, targeted communications.  All residents will also receive a detailed information pack prior to the service commencing.

I want to get involved, how can I do this?

We welcome all interested community members to be a recycling champion and register your interest on this page.

Council is soon forming a volunteers group to champion the new system and help improve recycling in Hobsons Bay. Lodge your interest and we will be in contact soon.

Why is glass being collected separately?

Glass is one of the biggest barriers to improve recycling outcomes. It comprises approximately 27 per cent of recycling volumes, and has been a key contributor to both stockpiling, and to the lack of high value markets for the state’s recyclables. As glass is compacted during the collection process, it breaks and embeds itself in the paper, cardboard, plastic and metal material which in turn lowers the recycling value of all these other materials.  The simple act of separating glass from other materials drastically improves the quality of all recyclable material.

Can I start putting food waste in my green waste bin?

No, please do not start adding food waste to your green waste bin until the new service commences.  FOGO collections are planned to start over summer 2019/20. Until then, there are other ways to recycle of food waste including composting, using a worm farm or a Bokashi bucket. See our Compost Revolution [SY1] page for details.

What if I already compost?

If you already compost your food waste at home, please keep it up. The food and garden organics collection service does not replace home composting but it can complement it. Meat, seafood, dairy, citrus, onions and processed carbohydrates, or any large or whole food items that can cause problems in a small scale compost bins can be placed in the organics bin for collection and processing.

Why are you changing garbage to fortnightly collections, my bin might smell or attract animals?

Currently approximately 45 percent of material in our garbage bins is garden and food waste with most of this being food waste. Removing food material out of garbage bins will dramatically reduce the volumes of weekly garbage collected. Removing food waste from garbage bins also reduces the potential for smells and odours.

There are things that you can do to minimise the odour of nappies and other types of waste. These include wrapping or bagging the nappies/waste, storing the bin in the shade, or emptying the solids into the toilet before disposing or sanitising the garbage bin.

What if I need an extra garbage bin?

If you need an extra garbage bin for a period of time, we can provide them at an additional cost which covers the cost of the bin, collection and disposal.

I don’t have a green bin, will I get one?

If you don’t currently have a green waste bin, Council will provide you with one as part of the roll out of new service. Information about bin deliveries will be provided in the coming months prior to the new service beginning.

Will bins be delivered?

Glass recycling and green waste bins will be delivered prior to the new service commencing. Further information about bin deliveries will be provided to all residents in the coming months.

Will recycling be recycled as oppose to going to landfill?

Yes. All recyclable items collected in yellow lidded bins will be recycled with a preference on local markets. High quality glass can be recycled into bottles and jars. Lower quality glass can be recycled into road base or a sand replacement. Our intention is for glass to go to the highest recycling use possible.

Will recycling items be the same as the current recycling system?

The new system will include some changes on items collected in the yellow lid recycling bins to improve the quality and efficiency of the recycling process. These changes will be communicated prior to the roll out of the new service.

What does the change in service mean for businesses?

The current waste and recycling service is primarily for residential properties. Businesses can use Council’s service if the type and quantity of waste is similar to residential waste. If the new service does not suit the needs of businesses, they can opt out of the service and associated waste charges and source an independent waste and recycling service provider.

I’m already paying for a green bin, will I get a refund?

Council’s Waste Service and Charge Policy will require review to adjust to the new service. The review of Policy will take existing waste service charges into account, including those that already pay for green waste services.

How much will waste service charge increase by?

Council will review its Waste Service and Charge Policy to adjust to the new service. Any changes will be carefully managed to smooth the impact over time, from 2020-21 and beyond.

 


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