Shire cuts 900 tonnes of landfill

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EMPTYING THE BINS: Fare Enough owner Bibby Simmons (right) has embraced recycling at her Euroa store, purchasing a second bin to reduce her carbon footprint. She is pictured with Fare Enough employee Michelle Jesser.

SINCE the introduction of weekly organics bin and fortnightly general waste bin collection in 2015, the Shire of Strathbogie has decreased the volume of household rubbish ending up in landfill.

The three bin system has increased the amount of organics collected per annum by 15 per cent, increased recyclable collection by 23 per cent (pc), and crucially, reduced overall landfill collection by 900 tonnes (43pc) each year.

Councils across the state are set a household waste diversion (away from landfill and into composting or recycling plants) target. That target is set at 65 per cent, which the Shire of Strathbogie is currently meeting comfortably at 70pc.

Six councils make up the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group, which is committed to reducing landfill waste across the region.

Household bin audits in 2015 of member councils revealed that the Shire of Strathbogie has the lowest bin weight (5kg) per household per week (Moira being the next best with 8.7kg per household per week), the lowest percentage by weight of organics material (23pc or 1.15kg), and the highest percentage by weight of recyclables (29pc or 1.45kg).

With another audit due at the end of this year, council is hopeful this shire will have continued to dramatically improve on these figures.

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