Mattresses included in extended hard waste collection service

Greater Geelong
residents will have access to two free hard waste collections a year, after
council extended the service for a further 12 months from July.

Households
which have already had a hard waste collection will be able to book another
collection before the end of June and then twice from July 2020 to July 2021.

The
list of accepted items has also been expanded to include mattresses, which are
one of the region’s most illegally dumped items.

The trial has
been hugely successful with 20,300 bookings since it started in March last
year, equating to 18 per cent of all households across the municipality booking
a free collection. Over the past 12 months, 2484 tonnes of waste material was
collected of which over a quarter was diverted from landfill and recycled.

By diverting
waste from landfill into recycling streams, this program has saved the
community the equivalent of $85,000.

Stage four
coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions have seen a significant increase in the
program’s uptake, as residents use the time to clean up around the home.

Visit our hard waste page or call 03 5272 5444 during business hours to make a hard waste collection
booking.

The decision is in line with Council’s recently adopted 10-year Waste &
Resource Recovery Strategy, which aims to increase recycling and reduce waste
to landfill. The service complements a range of existing waste programs, which
provide free or low-cost ways to conveniently dispose of a wide range of items.

Councillor Stephanie Asher – Mayor

This is a real
win for the community, which has enthusiastically supported the program since
it started last year.

Including
mattresses in the program will not only save residents time disposing of them
correctly, but see less mattresses illegally dumped around the municipality and
therefore reduce the City’s clean-up costs.

Councillor Ron Nelson – Chair, Waste Management portfolio

We’ve responded to the community’s needs by expanding the service
to two collections and by including the collection of mattresses, which will
reduce landfill and the amount of household items illegally dumped. The program
is a great opportunity for residents to do the right thing and I urge them to
make a booking.

The service has diverted waste from landfill for recycling, which
is a great result for the community and the environment.

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