Rubbish bin audit uncovers city
SOILED nappies, unused household food, recyclables and even medical items are being dumped in household rubbish bins.
A recent audit of 500 bi hollister sale ns in the district has shown that households are making a big mess of the rules around waste.
Teams of stomach hardened workers sifted through 80 litre bins at the rate of 100 a day for a week to check the filthy contents for a random glimpse at household habits.
Audits were also done through the South West Waste Reduction Group in Corangamite, Moyne, Southern Grampians and Glenelg shires to also check on greenwaste collections.
According to the group’s executive officer Cydoni Edwards, excess amounts of food are being dumped in household bins.
Warrnambool households put an average 8.68 kilograms of rubbish into their bins each week and the city produces 6222 tonnes a year of domestic waste that goes to landfill.
The pressure is on to meet a 2017 target of four kilograms per household and then down to 2.5kg by 2027.
She cited recent national figures showing one in five bags of groceries are put into the bin, equating to three million tonnes of food.
“There is a lot of food wastage,” she
“We found loaves of bread and jars unopened. hollister sale ”
Warrnambool City Council’s waste and environment co ordinator Kate McIn hollister sale ness told The Standard food waste comprised 37 per cent by weight and 19 per cent by volume in bins audited last November in Dennington, Bushfield, Woodford and the northern end of the CBD.
“Ideally food waste should go to composting,” she”As the city council looks to a new garbage collection contract in 2012 we will be recommending that a food organics and greenwaste collection be an option put to the community,” she
“That would be a separate kerbside collection that could go for composting and re use.”
Bags of dental surgery waste including syringes and face masks, but no sharp instruments were found in domestic bins on two collection days.
Generic letters will be sent to dental clinics alerting them to the discovery and reminding operators to use business waste collections.
“Those items should not be put in domestic bins,” Ms McInness
Soiled disposable baby nappies comprised nine per cent of the waste found in the November audits a similar figure to an audit in 2008.
Ms McInness said it would require a cultural change to persuade parents to use more biodegradable nappies, wash their own cloth nappies or use nappy collection services.
The audit also showed 17 per cent of the rubbish was recyclables with too much plastic, glass and paper still dumped in general waste rather than in recycling collections.
“Warrnambool residents recycle well, but this shows they can do more,” Ms McInness
A total of 13,791 rubbish bins and 6896 recycling bins are collected each week and the number is increasing by more than 20 a week as the city expands.
As landfill levies are likely to increase, with taxes on greenhouse gas producing industries, councils will face increasing pressure to reduce household waste or raise fees for ratepayers.
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