A new 12-month
trial of a commercial waste and bin storage program will be on offer to businesses in
Central Geelong’s Laneways Precinct.
Council has endorsed the program, which aims
to address issues with commercial bins in laneways and congestion from rubbish trucks,
as the City continues to create vibrant public spaces in our laneways.
It’s hoped the trial, which will involve two
compactors and a cargo bike pick-up service, will start by the end of the year.
Businesses bound by Moorabool, Malop, Gheringhap and Ryrie Streets will be able
to sign up.
A loading zone at the northern end of Shorts
Place will be re-purposed to house two second-hand compactors, which will be
accessible to traders by swipe card to deposit waste and recycling.
Some businesses may find it difficult to
transport waste and recycling to the compactors and could be eligible to sign
up to a transportation service. Local social enterprise Good Cycles will
collect their material and transport it by cargo bike to the compactors, as
they currently do in Melbourne’s CBD.
Depending on the ongoing demand for the
service, this initiative could potentially create employment for two to five young
local people by Good Cycles, who are currently at-risk of disengaging from the
In conjunction with the program, the City will
offer traders waste education. The trial will also allow for council to
evaluate whether equipment with greater environmental benefits such as food
waste dehydrators, cardboard balers and bottle crushers, are commercially
The City consulted with the community during
March this year, finding overall support for a precinct-wide system.
The program will cost $167,100, with the goal to
recover at least 60% (estimated to be $114,000) of that figure through customer
usage charges and fees. Council has also endorsed further consultation with businesses and
if officers find insufficient demand for the service, the expenditure
won’t go ahead and a report and recommendation will be provided to council.
Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor
a fantastic trial initiative for businesses in Central Geelong’s Laneway
Precinct, because it conveniently addresses the issues of bin storage and
access to our busy laneways.
program will also be a win for visitors, as they can enjoy all our laneways
have to offer in a cleaner and more pleasant environment.
Councillor Peter Murrihy - Brownbill Ward
innovative program has the opportunity to help clean up our vibrant Central
Geelong laneways, while providing social and environmental benefits.
has been the driving force behind this program, however council will further
consult with eligible businesses to gauge demand.