Four-bin service on the way


By Oliver Lees

Hume and Macedon Ranges councils are well on their way to establishing four-bin services, as the state government announced funding to roll-out the reform.

The system will include a new purple-lidded bin for households to separate glass recycling and a Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bins if not already provided.

Macedon Ranges council’s assets and operations director, Shane Walden, said the shire had already started transitioning to a four-bin service in February last year, which includes the roll-out of the green-lidded FOGO bin.

“The glass-only bin service started in February 2020 and FOGO bins have been introduced in stages with the stage two roll-out to all remaining areas of the shire starting last week on July 1,” Mr Walden said.

The state government has pledged $127 million to assist all 79 councils improve drop-off facilities, buy new bins, deliver education and form infrastructure.

Currently Hume council offers a garbage, recycling and organic bin collection service.

Hume council’s sustainable infrastructure and services director, Peter Waite, said the funding announcement will factor into the council’s upcoming waste and litter strategy, which is expected to be brought before council in the next six months.

Last month Hume council started offering free small indoor bins, or ‘caddies’, to encourage residents to divert food scraps from landfill.

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