Best waste re­sult

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Thomas Moir

Af­ter two years of yo-yoing green-lid bin con­tam­i­na­tion rates, Greater Shepparton City Coun­cil has thanked the com­mu­nity for de­liv­er­ing its best ever con­tam­i­na­tion re­sult dur­ing last month.

The re­sult marks just the sixth time in 33 months the coun­cil has met its low three per cent con­tam­i­na­tion tar­get.

Fol­low­ing much dis­quiet ini­tially about the or­gan­ics ini­tia­tive, de­signed to di­vert thou­sands of tonnes of green waste from land­fill an­nu­ally, coun­cil’s works and waste man­ager Heinz Kausche wel­comed the 1.83 per cent rate of con­tam­i­nants found in the city’s green bins last month, but said there were still op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove.

This con­sti­tuted 650 tonnes sent back to earth and just half the con­tam­i­na­tion recorded in Au­gust.

Mr Kausche said the push would move from en­sur­ing the right waste was dis­posed in the right bin, to en­sur­ing no valu­able or­gan­ics were be­ing lost to the red or yel­low-lid bins, with the hope of max­imis­ing or­gan­ics di­verted from land­fill.

He said an es­ti­mated 7000 tonnes had al­ready been di­verted through the pro­gram.

Mr Kausche be­lieved last month’s re­sult in­di­cated res­i­dents were heed­ing the mes­sage, but recog­nised be­havioural changes took time to em­bed.

While con­ced­ing con­tam­i­na­tion lev­els had been up and down dur­ing the past 21⁄ years, the

2 fig­ures were cer­tainly trend­ing down.

But the coun­cil has ob­served a sig­nif­i­cant amount of or­ganic mat­ter still find­ing its way into the gen­eral waste bin, with plas­tic bags, nap­pies, gar­den pots and build­ing ma­te­ri­als the most com­mon items.

Mr Kausche said the coun­cil was look­ing at di­vert­ing as much of the or­ganic ma­te­rial still find­ing its way into the gen­eral waste stream.

‘‘We still see a sig­nif­i­cant amount of or­ganic mat­ter go­ing into the red bin,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s where we’ll fo­cus at­ten­tion into the fu­ture.

‘‘The key mes­sage is we’re get­ting some great out­comes, but we’re keen to do even bet­ter.’’

Mr Kausche said cam­eras lodged onto garbage trucks had been help­ful in iden­ti­fy­ing key ar­eas for im­prove­ment.

He said the coun­cil had rarely needed to fol­low through on its threat to sus­pend ser­vices from re­peat con­tam­i­na­tors.

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