Melburnians are embracing a new food and garden organics collection service with almost 150 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill in its first two months.
We encourage residents who have used the food and organic waste service to provide feedback on the pilot program.
Those who complete the survey, or share their tips and tricks, via Participate Melbourne before 1 November will go in the draw to win one of three $100 Queen Victoria Market vouchers.
The service provided by the City of Melbourne began in June with waste collections from 9000 homes across the municipality.
Residents in stand-alone houses and single-storey apartment blocks were given a 120-litre lime-green wheelie bin, a kitchen caddy for food scraps and 52 compostable bin liners as part of the program.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the early success of the program showed the community is keen to embrace a more environmentally-friendly way to dispose of their waste.
‘In one month alone, our team collected food and garden waste from more than 16,200 bins and processed 115 tonnes of organic waste – preventing hundreds of kilograms of CO2 emissions from being generated in landfill,’ the Lord Mayor said.
‘The organic waste we’ve collected has been converted into about 42 tonnes of valuable compost.
‘We’re now exploring how best to use this compost; this will support the creation of a circular economy and help maintain our beautiful parks, gardens and trees.’
The new food and organics service is part of the City of Melbourne’s Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce landfill and improve waste and recycling services across the municipality.
The City of Melbourne invested $1 million to establish the service at no additional cost to residents.
Environment portfolio lead Councillor Rohan Leppert said community feedback would help Council roll out the service across the municipality.
‘If you’ve been using our food and organic waste service we want to hear from you. Tell us what’s worked and what hasn’t so we can continue to improve and expand the service,’ Cr Leppert said.
To provide feedback on the food and organic waste service, visit Participate Melbourne to have your say.