Benalla Rural City’s urban residents will receive an organics waste service, and rural residents will have the option of larger recycling bins, as part of new waste services to be rolled out in July 2015.
The organics service and the bigger 360 litre recycling bins are designed to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Under the new system, urban residents will have their organics waste collected weekly, which will be sent to a composting plan to be turned into compost. The recycling and rubbish bins will be emptied from urban residents on alternate weeks. Urban residents will also be able to choose the size of their rubbish, organics and recycling bins.
Rural residents will still have their rubbish collected weekly and will be able to choose the size of their rubbish and recycling bins.
“We estimate that the introduction of an organics collection will reduce the weight in the red-lid rubbish bins by up to 50%,” said Mayor Cr Justin King.
“Less waste going to landfill means the life of the landfill infrastructure is increased, which is a cost saving for the community. The other benefit is that less organic waste will be buried to release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.”
Households will be provided with kitchen caddies and compostable rubbish bags to help them manage their organic waste.
All ratepayers who wish to take up the option of choosing their bin sizes should notify the Council by 20 March 2015, otherwise they will receive a standard service.
The Council will send out further information about the details of the new service closer to the time of delivery.
Any residents or ratepayers with questions about the new service should contact the Council on (03) 5760 2600 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.