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Low cost compost bins a hit!

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With $20 compost bins available to shire residents, there's never been a better time to start composting!

Wednesday 25 October 2017

More than 350 households in Mount Alexander Shire have taken up the opportunity to buy a low-cost compost bin and help reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill.

Mount Alexander Shire Council began offering residents 220 litre compost bins for $20 in July. The initiative has been so popular that Council has ordered more bins to meet demand.

“It is great to see so many people getting on board and composting their kitchen scraps rather than throwing them in the bin destined for landfill,” said Ben Bowman, Manager Healthy Environments, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“There are plenty more bins available and we encourage everyone to head to the Castlemaine Waste Facility and pick up a compost bin for only $20,” said Mr Bowman.

Residents who purchased a bin earlier this year are now eligible to purchase a second bin with proof of shire residency. Each bin comes with a free compost aerator tool.

“We know that most people who have bought a compost bin through this program are using it to recycle absolutely all of their food scraps,” said Ben Bowman, Manager Healthy Environments, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We hope that even more residents will take up this opportunity to buy a bin and compost their food scraps at home,” said Mr. Bowman.

When organic material is removed from the waste stream it reduces greenhouse gas emissions from landfill and helps Council to deliver on its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025.

Residents are also reminded they can dispose of green waste at the Castlemaine and Maldon waste facilities for free from Saturday 28 October to Sunday 12 November.

“This is the perfect time to prepare your home for the fire season and drop off garden waste such as grass, sticks and branches during normal operating hours,” said Mr Bowman.

Green waste must be free of contaminants such as rubbish and declared noxious weeds, and emptied from plastic bags prior to disposal. Proof of shire residency will be required on entry.

For more information visit Council's Waste Management page.


Council offered a voluntary survey to people who bought a compost bin. They said…

“I think it is a great initiative. I'd buy more compost bins if they were $20 like this one. I am going to phase out using my waste bin (red lid) ASAP.”

“I think the compost bin 'giveaway' is a wonderful initiative and hope that the shire can continue with the idea and gradually get more households 'converted'. I also attended the compost workshop which I thought was really excellent, and suggest you hold as many of these as possible on a regular basis. I think the combination of bin and stirrer 'giveaway' plus education is a much better idea than introducing a green bin collection system.”

“Great council initiative. I attended the free education seminar on it as well which was very helpful.”

“Great initiative to provide the bins so easily available and cheaply.”

“Great initiative by Council to make cheap compost bins available to all.”


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