Residents Recycling Right: Less Waste Contamination

Less contaminated waste shows that residents are recycling right.

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A recent audit into Council’s kerbside collection service has shown positive improvements across all waste categories, highlighting that Baw Baw residents are not wasting the opportunity to dispose of their rubbish correctly.

The audit investigated all of Baw Baw Shire Council’s kerbside waste streams, including domestic garbage, recycling and garden waste, between 5 September and 16 September 2022.

The most significant reduction of contaminated waste was found within commingled recycling down to 11% compared to 14.88% in 2021. Similarly, recyclables incorrectly disposed of in regular garbage was also positively reduced from 12.83% to 12.16% in 2022.

Garden waste has also shown a reduction in contamination from 3.32% in 2021 down to 1.21%, further supporting Baw Baw’s readiness for the introduction of FOGO, where food organics will be accepted in the garden organics bin, which is anticipated to be introduced across the Shire in 2024.

The audit has also revealed opportunities for improvement and further community education, particularly with regards to incorrect disposal of chip packets, shopping bags and soft plastics packaging, which are regularly found within commingled recyclable bins. Residents are reminded that soft plastics currently need to be disposed of in the garbage bin.

When disposed incorrectly, unacceptable items found in the green waste and recycling bins can contaminate recyclable product streams, potentially damage recycling processing equipment, and may lead to increased recycling processing rates for highly contaminated loads.

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