New bin on the way?
A GREEN waste recycling bin is in the sights of Glenelg Shire Council, though just when the service might be up and running remains to be seen.
The push for an organics collection service is the headline recommendation in the council’s new waste management strategy, which looks ahead to the region’s needs in the next five years.
There have been feasibility studies and composting trials undertaken in the past to see if there was an economic way to process organic waste but “currently, studies have been unable to support a kerbside collection service” the strategy says – though most of the garden waste it received it had been able to send to a certified composter.
An audit last year showed about 52 per cent of the content of the waste (maroon lid) bins was potentially recoverable organic material and more than 25 per cent was recyclable.
Both figures were slightly higher than a similar audit four years previously.
The 2018 audit showed that the amount of contaminated recycling had also increased, by about 10 per cent.
The strategy says Glenelg Shire diverts about 33 per cent of its waste from landfill, well below the 46 per cent figure for similar councils and the 44 per cent statewide average.