Happy green anniversary

One year on since the introduction of our new food and green waste collection service and the results are in.

Prior to the food and green waste collection service, approximately 50 per cent of the average Bayside rubbish bin, was made up of food scraps and garden waste.

In just one year, Bayside sent an additional 3,000 tonnes, from food and green waste bins, to be processed into compost and diverted from landfill compared to the same time last year.

Landfill volumes have decreased by around 1,650 tonnes – the equivalent of 165,000 household rubbish bins of waste.

Bayside’s food and green waste is now being transformed into valuable compost for Victorian farmers rather than creating harmful greenhouse gases in landfill.

Bayside Mayor Cr Clarke Martin said the one year anniversary of the food and green waste recycling service is an example of Baysiders putting the environment first and addressing household habits and their effects on waste.

“Together we’ve tackled the changing of bin lids, what goes in what bin and what compostable bags we can and can’t use,” Cr Martin said.

“Bayside residents have done a wonderful job of implementing food and green recycling in their homes and we should all be proud of these early results,” Cr Martin said.

“We will continue to support the community in learning about the benefits of correct recycling food and green waste habits to continually improve our diversion rate.”

Council is aiming to further increase our diversion of food waste to landfill and reminds residents to only purchase food that they need and will use, to avoid unnecessary food waste.

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