Yarra City Councillors have voted to roll out a four-bin kerbside system, with separate bins supplied for organics and glass.
According to councillor Misha Coleman, the new waste and recycling collection model is based on a successful trial of 1300 households in Abbotsford in Melbourne’s inner north.
“The new service introduces a new food and green waste service that will be collected weekly, removing much of the material that causes odours,” she said.
“Another additional new bin will be added for glass, which will be processed locally and used to make new glass containers and for local asphalt.”
Under the new system, glass, commingled recycling and landfill waste bins will be collected fortnightly.
Ms Coleman said Yarra City Council first began the trial “because recycling in Australia is in crisis.”
“It’s time we did things very, very differently, and councils and communities like ours are providing the leadership to drive change in this industry,” she said.
“There is a growing trend of councils moving to greater separation of waste to reduce reliance on unsustainable landfills and to improve reuse of recyclable materials. Eleven other councils in Victoria are moving to a fortnightly landfill waste collection service.”
Ms Coleman added that as a result of the trial, Yarra has seen a dramatic reduction in waste sent to landfill: diverting roughly 60 per cent of all household waste.
“The benefits of this new system include a significant reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill, a substantial increase in the quality of recyclable materials, and very significant reductions in truck movements around our city, which will reduce vehicle emissions,” she said.
According to Ms Coleman, under the 4-bin model, households will have an increased bin capacity of 50 litres per week.
“We surveyed over 400 residents in the trial area. Almost 80 per cent told us they think these changes are an improvement in managing waste, and just under 90 per cent support separating their waste for collection,” she said.
“Almost 73 per cent of trial participants were satisfied with the fortnightly garbage collection.”
Changes will come into effect from July 2020.