The food and garden waste collected from kerbside organics bins in Nillumbik Shire was too contaminated to be recycled into compost. In response, the council launched Bin Blitz: a bin inspection and education program that reduced the number of contaminated bins by 63 per cent in just nine months.
Nillumbik Shire Council
Bin Blitz program to reduce contamination in the combined food and garden organics kerbside collection service.
Help residents use the organics bin correctly to decrease contamination and allow maximum composting of waste so the council avoids sending waste to landfill and paying contamination penalties.
- Number of contaminated household organics bins reduced from 12 to 4.45 per cent (63 per cent reduction)
- Contamination by weight reduced from 10.5 to 0.79 per cent (92 per cent reduction)
- Estimated saving in avoided penalty costs of $280,000