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The Council is asking people to be a good sort when it comes to using its waste services.

The Council is celebrating a reduction in 42% of waste being diverted from landfill in the past year due to recycling initiatives and the new organic waste collection. More can still be done to ensure that the services are used as effectively as possible, and from 1 July 2016 the Council will begin issuing warnings to people who do not use the service properly, and penalties may be applied.

“We want people to be a good sort,” said Mayor Cr Justin King.

“That means getting the right material in your recycling and organics bins. This saves us all money and protects the environment. Many people already know how to be a good sort when it comes to waste. Since July 2015 1,1436 tonnes of green waste were diverted from landfill, and the amount of recycling collected increased by 112 tonnes on the same time last year,” Cr King said.

“Over the past year we have been working with residents to make the waste collection system work. Council staff and collection drivers have been checking bins. Where problems have been found bins have had stickers put on them and households have received advice on how to fix the problem.

“Contamination of waste collections has financial consequences for all our ratepayers. The Council can issue fines if the waste service is not used correctly. We have not done this yet.”

From 1 July 2016 if you put the wrong material in a bin:
 
 1st time – your bin will have a sticker put on it advising you of the incorrect material.
 2nd time - a letter will be sent to the property owner advising of the contamination.
 3rd time - the bin will be removed from the property for one collection cycle, and waste management charges will still apply.
 4th time - the bin will be removed and not replaced until the user commits to use the bin effectively, and waste management charges will still apply.
 

The Council’s advice on how to be a good sort includes:
 
 Never put plastic bags in your green or yellow bin.
 Only use the special compostable bags in your organic waste service. These are available free from the Customer Service Centre, Visitor Information Centre and Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Learning Centre.
 If you keep your recyclables in plastic bags until bin day, tip the recyclables out of the bag into the yellow bin or consider keeping them in a tub or box instead. Plastic shopping bags can be recycled at supermarkets.
 


“If you have any questions our staff are always available to advise how to use the waste service correctly. Call us on 03 5760 2600 or email council@benalla.vic.gov.au,” Cr King said.

Image: Zac is a good sort when it comes to making sure the family’s recycling ends up in the right bin.



 

 
boy putting papers in recycling bin
 

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