Update: Changes to waste services

Horsham Rural City Council’s waste team is currently analysing the data and comments from a recent survey about changes to kerbside waste collections.

Infrastructure Director John Martin said more than 1000 people completed the questionnaire that asked how residents wanted the Victorian Government’s four-bin waste collection to be implemented from July next year.

“Thank you to everybody who took the time to do the survey. It will take us some time to analyse the surveys,” Mr Martin said.

“When we have done that we will publish an engagement report. That report will be presented to Councillors for consideration.”

Mr Martin said the survey attracted a broad range of responses.

“Soon the team will develop a Draft Waste Plan that will be informed by the survey data, legislative requirements and other factors,” he said.

“The Draft Waste Plan will be posted on our Have Your Say webpage in the coming months and further opportunities for engagement will be provided at the next stage,” Mr Martin said.

Under the State Government’s Circular Economy Policy, released in February 2020, all Victorian councils must introduce Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection for all urban households by 2030, and separate glass recycling collection by 2027.

The switch to a four-stream system will mean that food waste is diverted away from landfill and recyclable materials – including paper, hard plastics and glass items – are better sorted and more easily turned into new items.

By having multiple bins and a food organics bin, with information about what items go where, people will have significantly less rubbish in their landfill waste bins.

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