Do we need to re-visit the need for an organics bin?

If you saw the latest episode this week of popular television series War On Waste, you would have noted the show’s focus on unnecessary food waste and strategies to prevent it ending up in landfill.

Organic waste in landfill creates methane (a harmful greenhouse gas) which is 25 times more damaging than CO2.

When composted, organic waste does not produce methane.

For this reason, the show explored various methods of reducing the amount of food waste going to landfill including encouraging local Councils to offer an organics bin collection service.

If you’re new to the Shire of Dardanup, you might not realise this topic was considered by Council three years ago in 2015.

At the time, other neighbouring Local Governments, including the City of Bunbury, were introducing a 3rd Bin Service for organics.

Conscious of the increased costs the additional service would place on the community, Council undertook a public survey.

And the response, from an unprecedented number of responses received, was loud and clear.

Of the responses, 70 per cent told us they were against the idea, mostly due to an associated increase in rates.

The outcome saw Council vote against the planned introduction of a 3 Bin System.

Survey Results:

  • 72 per cent of people indicated they wouldn’t be satisfied with their General Waste bin being collected fortnightly if a third organics bin was introduced
  • 96 per cent of people indicated their household made a concerted effort to separate recycling
  • 43 per cent already process their own organic waste using worms, chickens or a compost bin

The State Government is currently reviewing its Waste Strategy and Shire of Dardanup CEO Mark Chester said he was interested to see if any direction would be provided on the topic once the final document was released.

In the meantime, he encouraged community members to continue educating themselves about how they could improve their household recycling habits.

Useful Links:

https://www.dardanup.wa.gov.au/where-is-our-recycling-going-now/

https://www.dardanup.wa.gov.au/environment/waste-recycling/byo-bag-campaign/

https://www.dardanup.wa.gov.au/environment/waste-recycling/rubbish-bin-collections/