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Council to trial new garbage bin strategy

A COMMUNITY education strategy will be trialled by the City of Ryde Council as an alternative to the threat of heavy fines for the incorrect use of yellow and green rubbish bins.

The new strategy aims to reduce the amount of contaminated items inappropriately placed in the wrong bins in breach of directions on bin lids.
Suez Contamination Officer, Louise Anger will conduct random checks of household bins in identified hot spot areas when they are put out for collection.
She told The Weekly Times her role is to educate residents about what can and cannot be put in the different household waste bins.
“The purpose of my role is not to punish but to educate as we all have a role to play in reducing waste contamination and in turn reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill,” she said.
“The vast majority of contamination is done inadvertently and is not a deliberate act.”
Tags will be placed on bins as a guide to residents.
Bins that have no contamination will receive a green tag, while those with contamination items identified will have a red tag placed on their bin advising the resident what the issue was.
In cases where more than 30 percent of a bin’s contents is contaminated, a yellow tag will be issued, the bin will be taped shut and will not be collected.
Ms Anger said the most common items that contaminate yellow-lid and green-lid bins are plastic bags, bagged recyclables, soft plastics, polystyrene items and disposable coffee cups.
With different councils adopting different strategies to deal with contamination, City of Ryde Waste Project Coordinator, Emma Tang Ms Tang admits that there has been confusion around the use of bins.
“Understandably the messaging around recycling can be confusing due to the sheer amount of information that is out there regarding recycling,” Ms Tang said.
“On top of that there are also a lot of different terminologies that are thrown around which can also cause confusion.
“The important thing to remember for all residents is if in doubt, leave it out.”
Recycling and garden organic collections with high contamination rates are rejected by processing centres and end up in landfill.
“Residents can check Council’s A to Z guide to waste and recycling available on Council’s website as this provides a detailed list of what can and cannot be put in household bins.”