Byron Shire Council is rolling out around 10.5000 new organic-waste bins across the shire’s urban households this week.
The roll out, which should take about two weeks, is set to start in Suffolk Park, followed by Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads.
Next week, bins will be delivered to New Brighton, Ocean Shores, Mullumbimby and South Golden Beach residents.
As part of the new service, Council is also supplying a kitchen bench top caddy for food scraps, a six-month supply of compostable caddy liners and educational information.
The new service is expected to divert over 3,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfill each year, instead being processed into certified organic compost which can be returned to the soils on local farms and gardens.
Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson said residents had been ‘keenly awaiting this new service and it will have a significant positive impact on how we manage our waste’.
‘Currently our red bins are about half full with garden and food organic matter that can be composted and returned to the soil,’ Cr Richardson said.
‘By separating and sorting our waste correctly into the new three bin service, we can all play a part in reducing our landfill waste. Let’s get sorted’.
The new weekly service, which is for all food and garden waste, begins on Monday, 3 August.
Both red landfill and yellow recycling bins will be collected fortnightly on alternate weeks when the new service starts.
Residents are urged to check their new calendar in the info pack when the new green bin is delivered.
The project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.
For more information contact the Waste Hotline on 1300 652 625 or visit the Byron Shire Council website http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/new-three-bin-collection-service.