Our book-in hard waste service is underway, with collections beginning in the northern suburbs.
Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy joined representatives of waste management company Cleanaway in Norlane on Monday, as the contractor attended to one of the first properties to benefit.
There has been strong early interest in the trial service, with more than 4400 households securing a collection since bookings opened on 1 March 2019.
Interest has been recorded across the municipality, with the biggest demand seen in suburbs such as Highton, Ocean Grove, Grovedale, Belmont, Corio and Leopold.
Places have been filled for the first four weeks of April, with book-in collections available from 29 April 2019 onwards.
Residents are required to place allowable hard waste items inside their property line, unless we have approved an alternate collection point.
Keeping the pile on your property will deter others from adding to it, which could breach the size limit or introduce prohibited items.
It will also discourage scavenging and help maintain a tidy street.
The amount of material put out for collection must be less than three cubic metres in volume – equal to a pile three metres long, one metre high and one metre wide.
The hard waste will be sorted, with all recyclable material to be diverted from landfill and sent to various businesses in the Geelong area.
Residential properties have access to one book-in collection each financial year through the service trial, which runs until June 2020.
Bookings are compulsory and can be made online or by calling 03 5272 5444 from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm.
The book-in hard waste collection is being funded through the residential waste collection charge.
The service complements a range of existing waste programs, which provide free or low-cost ways to conveniently dispose of a wide range of items.
Councillor Peter Murrihy - Deputy Mayor
We are pleased to see hard waste collections begin and will closely monitor the trial over the next 15 months.
Residents can help us run the service by following the guidelines and placing their unwanted items in the approved area of their property.
While there has been strong interest in the hard waste collection, residents should not overlook the many options available through our existing recovery and reuse programs.