Over the past six months, 30,000 new household food and garden organics collection services have been introduced by Benalla Rural City, Indigo, Wodonga and Rural City of Wangaratta Councils.
The success of the program was acknowledged at the North East Three bin Conference on Monday 16 November at Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre.
The conference attracted waste professionals from around the state, including the Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Anthony Carbines MP.
It was coordinated by the North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (North East WRRG) in conjunction with local councils and alpine resorts throughout the region to share their experiences in rolling out new kerbside food and garden organics collection systems.
As well as giving attendees and opportunity to learn about how councils can introduce a third household bin for food and garden organics, the conference examined the lessons learned, procurement solutions, education strategies and challenged, and onsite processing solutions.
“It is important that we capture what has been learned from rolling out these systems and share it across the state, so we can continue to increase the amount of organics diverted from landfill,” said Brooke Hermans, Executive Officer for North East WRRG.
“We are proud to have been part of a group of councils showing leadership in this important project to reduce rubbish going to landfill,” said Cr Margaret Richards, who is a member of the North East WRRG and attended the conference.
Image L-R Anthony Griffiths, Deputy Chair North East WRRG, Cr. Margaret Richards, Acting Mayor Benalla Rural City and Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Anthony Carbines MP