What you told us about waste and recycling in Baw Baw


Baw Baw’s waste and recycling survey closed on Friday 29 November and we received 385 submissions, demonstrating a high level of interest within our community.

E-waste and recycling best practices were hot topics amongst responses, while the community’s widespread use of home composting was a highlight. Two-thirds of those surveyed reported already composting food organics and green organics (FOGO) at home, with an even higher proportion (73%) indicating they would likely use a FOGO bin if introduced – a fantastic result that shows the willingness of our community to make changes to improve our environment.

Here’s a summary of the survey’s key findings:

  • 85% of those surveyed are satisfied with our kerbside collection service (including hard waste).
  • 72% preferred the free annual hard waste offer to be a kerbside collection over a transfer station drop off, mainly due to its convenience and a number of residents not having a trailer to take it to the transfer station themselves.
  • 66% currently compost food organics and green organics (FOGO) at home.
  • 73% would likely use a FOGO bin if introduced.
  • 75% knew that e-waste (items with a cord/battery) can be dropped off free at our transfer stations.
  • 55% received enough information from Council about our waste and recycling services, with social media and emails scoring the highest preference.

Council would like to thank all those who responded. Your feedback is highly valued and will directly inform our waste and recycling services going forward.

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