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Council announces new kerbside collector

Veolia kerbside collection trucks.

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council has awarded a five-year contract for the collection of household kerbside waste and recycling to Veolia Environmental.

Council’s Acting Director Sustainable Development Ben Grounds said the decision came down to cost, quality of service and environmental responsibility.

“The tender process was very competitive and attracted interest from very competent contactors,” explained Mr Grounds.

“One of the strengths of Veolia as the new provider is that they operate a materials recovery facility not too far away at Echuca,” said Mr Grounds.

“The centre processes paper, cardboard, plastic, metals and glass, which means the majority of recyclables from the shire will be processed in Australia.

“This will help reduce the impact from China’s recent decision to limit the intake of foreign recyclables,” he said.

Council will pay a per tonne cost to Veolia Environmental, which is anticipated to be in the vicinity of $1.3 million including maintenance, repairs and delivery of bins for year one.

“It’s important that we all make a concerted effort to reduce the amount of waste, and do what we can to divert waste from landfill,” said Mr Grounds.

“Composting food scraps, reducing single-use plastics and making sure that only recyclables go in your yellow-lidded bin are just a few ways you can make a big difference,” he said.

“Here in Mount Alexander Shire, we know that food scraps and organic materials make up about 40 percent of most people’s rubbish. If you’re not keen on using food scraps in a worm farm or to feed backyard chickens why not consider getting a compost bin?

“Council sells compost bins at the Castlemaine Waste Facility for the subsidised price of $20, so give it a go and see if you can reduce your waste,” he said.

The kerbside collection contract also includes an option for an organics bin collection in future.

“We want to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill so we’ll continue to look at creative ways that we can achieve this,” said Mr Grounds.

The contract begins on Monday 1 October.

Image: Council's contract for kerbside waste and recycling with Veolia begins in October.

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