Public glass recycling skip bins will be installed in major towns and other locations in the shire as Council continues its work to find innovative solutions to the current recycling crisis.
At its Ordinary Council Meeting on 28 August Council endorsed plans to remove glass from the current mixed recycling household bin collection service and to investigate introduction of a fourth glass-only bin service for the shire.
Council also allocated funds to cover temporary higher landfill costs, cover additional required staff and resources and install the pubic place skip bins.
Council has identified a recycling company which will process the shire’s recycling going forward as long as glass is removed and the other recyclables are not contaminated. Shards and small pieces of glass can become embedded in paper and cardboard in recycling bins and contaminate the other recyclables.
Public place glass recycling skip bins will be installed in locations around the shire in coming weeks to assist residents in removing glass from recycling bins. Residents can also drop off glass free of charge to Council’s transfer stations in Kyneton, Woodend and Romsey for recycling. As a last resort, glass can be placed in general rubbish bins (red lid).
Council currently has a trial underway where 650 residents in Lancefield have been provided with a separate ‘glass-only’ bin, which is collected monthly.
Kerbside collection service customers will be contacted directly and informed of the new arrangements.
Council will meet in late October to consider long-term options for recycling, including the possible introduction of an additional ”glass-only’ bin for the whole shire.
For more information, see: Recycling