News

Hard rubbish: How hard is it to collect?

By The McIvor Times

LOCALS have spoken and they want a hard rubbish collection program.

In December last year the City of Greater Bendigo ran an online waste survey which found almost 4000 residents were in favour of a hard waste collection.

The survey covered every aspect of rubbish collection including recycling, green waste and the frequency of the use of the Heathcote and Eaglehawk landfills.

Of those who responded to the hard waste question, 45 per cent said they would prefer a blanket service paid for through council rates while 42 per cent said a user-pays approach would be better.

Other key findings include:

■94.67 per cent said they understood what should and should not be placed in each bin however 56.72 per cent said they felt the community don’t understand what they should or shouldn’t place in each bin.

■69.78 per cent said their recycling bin was three quarters to full each fortnight.

■33.59 per cent said their general waste bin was three-quarters-to-full each week while 18.99 per cent said theirs was empty to quarter-full each week

■41.46 per cent said they needed to place recycling into their general waste bin because their recycling bin is full and more than 50 per cent of these said this happens most fortnights.

■54.51 per cent said if only one bin could be collected on a weekly basis they would choose their general waste bin.

Brooke Pearce, City of Greater Bendigo resource recovery and education manager, said that the survey has played a key role in helping to inform council’s Waste Management Services Review and has provided some valuable and important information to help the council to continue to improve waste management services into the future.

“Waste collection and disposal affects the entire community and we were very pleased to gather the thoughts of residents from across Greater Bendigo. By undertaking the survey residents told us what frequency of waste, recycling and organics services they prefer,” Ms Pearce said.

“We are currently working on options for free green waste disposal, hard waste collections, and overflow of recycling into the general waste bin with the council as a result of the survey findings.

“The city has made a strong commitment to educate residents about what they can put in their waste, recycling and organics bins and it was pleasing to see that 64.74 per cent of respondents said they had noticed the city’s sort it out before you throw it out ad campaign through local media.”

The survey results can be viewed in full at bendigo.vic.gov.au