Melbourne’s Yarra Council is proposing the trial of a dedicated cardboard collection service at selected apartments and multi-unit developments (MUDs), with expressions of interest now open to buildings wishing to participate.
According to a council statement, the trial will determine whether a separate cardboard collection will help to manage cardboard recycling.
“It will also provide helpful information on how best to implement this service across all MUDs in Yarra, if appropriate,” the statement reads.
The proposed trial is based on the impact the pandemic has had on purchasing habits, with increased online purchasing resulting in a rise of cardboard per household.
Council added that the cardboard stream will create a valuable resource, with clean, source separated cardboard leading to a higher quality recycled material.
“There is also less risk of contamination from food residue, plastics and glass shards so the material can be recycled into higher grade products,” the statement reads.
If the trial proceeds, council will select sites across Yarra to assess the impact on different apartment types and locations.
The trial will look to begin in May and run for six months.