Green waste recycling program still in progress says council

Michael McCulloch (right)
Michael McCulloch (right)

DUBBO City Council's bid to introduce a green waste recycling program are still in progress as the nation's first soft plastic scheme comes into effect.

Council's asset systems engineer Michael McCulloch said their regular recycling service was running successfully and they were still assessing options for expanding avenues.

"We've collected 8000 tonnes in the two-and-a-half years it's been running, since July 2010," he said.

"We're happy with contamination levels, they're within an accepted range.

South Australians can now recycle food wrappers and plastic bags in a number of supermarkets after a $50,000 grant from their state government.

In Dubbo that may not eventuate for some time, as the council remains focused on the development of green waste collection.

"We're looking at trying to divert green waste out of kerbside streams," Mr McCulloch said.

"In the average bin there's 60 per cent organic waste; putting it into landfill is not a good idea because it creates greenhouse gases.

"We're still looking at options to benefit residents for cost per household."

Mr McCulloch said the introduction of green waste bins was a "medium-term" objective.

The council plans to introduce the service within the next four years.

"We have to make sure it's economically viable," he said.

"We're in the process (of that) now... one way is through the co-operation with other councils.

"To see if we can collaborate."

Dubbo City Council's website currently promotes creating compost and worm farms in the family households as means of effectively recycling green waste.

Recycling collected from Dubbo ultimately contributes to the creation of other products in Sydney, Mr McCulloch said.

Mr McCulloch said it was part of an efficient process.

"We send Dubbo's recycling down to a material recovery facility (MRF) where the process of sorting it out into different types begins," he said.

"For us the cheapest way is to take it to a MRF in Sydney, where the markets are (for reusing recyclable products).

"It's working well."

Dubbo's reusable waste specifically goes to the VISY plant in Villawood, where glass, paper and plastics are eventually reprocessed.


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