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Waste Management

City of Prospect has a strategic approach to waste management, with a focus on reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

The use of Council’s three bin (plus kitchen organics) system is complemented by a range of other services to ensure that waste can be appropriately managed. Together, these services reduce the environmental impact of waste disposal by appropriately sorting waste into different streams. While Council provides waste services and education on effective waste management, the community plays a vital role in reducing the amount of waste to landfill.

One of the most visible reminders of Council’s approach to waste management is Bin Collection Day, when Council footpaths are lined with wheelie bins. Council produces a Waste Calendar that identifies when each bin is scheduled for collection and what types of waste go into which bin.

Are you using the right bin?

Council provides all households with a 240L green lidded organics bin. Audits of bins in 2014 revealed that 49% of material in the red waste bins could have been composted in the green organics bin.

To help improve the ways we use our bins, a team will conduct fortnightly bin inspections for all organics bins presented in selected areas. The waste bin will be inspected at the same time to help ensure valuable compostables are not going to waste.

Council will inspect the bins of 150 households between Gladstone Road and Victoria Street (Monday Collection) and 150 households from Gloucester Street and Labrina Avenue (Thursday collection). Our inspection team will provide residents with feedback either thanking them for their efforts or providing some helpful tips on which compostable materials should be placed in the green bin.

KESAB will undertake the bin audits in a variety of locations commencing Thursday 26 February 2015 through until Monday 13 April 2015. If you receive a thank you tag, you could win a gift card valued at $100 (and will be contacted by Council if you have won). 

Please contact Council’s Waste Enquiry Line 1800 283 529 for more information or see here for a copy of the information provided on the bin tags.

 


 

Organic Basket plate to basket  The Kitchen Organics Basket is used to collect food scraps and similar material, including tissues, tea bags and even hair, that can then be placed into the larger green organics bin for collection. 
The Organic Bin (Green Lid) is for all of your organic material including garden waste and food scraps.
   
The Recycling Bin (Yellow Lid) is for all of your household recyclable material and is collected fortnightly. 
The Waste Bin (Red Lid) should only be used for materials that cannot be recycled or composted. 
   
Worm Farm To reduce the amount of waste going into organics bin, Council provides a rebate of up to $20 on the purchase of a Worm Farm or Compost Bin.
   
Hard Waste For larger domestic waste, such as furniture, bedding and white goods, Council offers three free Hard Waste Collections a year for residents. Before booking a hard waste collection, consider if your items could be given away or sold instead.
   
Hazardous Waste Not everything can be disposed of in the bins provided by Council or through hard waste collection. Hazardous Waste, such as oils, batteries, paint and gas bottles, can be disposed of at a number of different collection points. It is important that hazardous materials are kept out of landfill, to reduce environmental damage.
   
Waste Day photo  cropped E-Waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in Australia. Through the E-Waste recycling program, items such as televisions, computers and printers, as well as other electrical goods, can be recycled rather than sent to landfill.
   
MobileMuster Logo Mobile Muster is the official recycling program of the Australian mobile phone industry. By taking back mobile phones, batteries and accessories at the end of their useful life, materials can be recovered for reuse and hazardous waste is prevented from entering landfill.

To assist residents with any waste-related enquiries, Council has established a centralised free call Waste Enquiry Line. Any resident with a waste-related enquiry including information about the new collection system, missed collections, stolen or damaged bins etc. should call the:

Waste Enquiry Line
1800 283 529
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