Green waste survey results to guide new campaign

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Thanks to the 800-plus people who took part in our recent green waste survey.

The survey gives us valuable insight into community perceptions of our green waste program.  Responses will be used to develop a campaign to improve the quality of material collected each week. 

The survey findings showed that around 55 per cent of respondents weren’t aware that green waste collected from green lid bins is composted and used on local farms.

Also, more than 60 per cent of those surveyed did not know that the City does not sell green waste collected from the kerbside.

While almost 90 per cent of respondents were aware that plastic bags and rubbish in green waste needed to removed by hand, just over 67 per cent were unaware that the cost of removing these contaminants costs the City around $700,000 each year.


Green waste survey results in full

Did You Know…  
Yes 
  No
Noxious weeds can be placed in the green waste bin
74.2%
25.8%
Treated timber can not go into the green waste bin
75.9%
24.1%
Plastic plant pots can go into the yellow lid recycling bin
78.7% 
21.3%
Plastic bags and rubbish in the green waste bin has to be removed by hand
89.8%
10.2%
Green waste contaminated by plastic bags and rubbish cannot be used
81.3%
18.7%
Council pays for the cleaning, mulching and composting of green waste material collected through the kerbside service
78%
22%
The cost of removing plastic bags and general rubbish from green waste is around $700,000 each year
32.9%
67.1%
Composted green waste provides a natural nutrient for the soil
97.1%
2.9%
Green waste collected from the kerbside is composted and used on local farms
44.5%
55.5%
Council does not sell green waste collected from the kerbside service or dropped off at the resource recovery centres
39.6%
60.4%

Of the 817 people who took part in the survey, 68.3 per cent were female, with 53.7 per cent of all respondents aged 45 and over.

Congratulations to Samuel Lovejoy, Peter Tremain, Karan Dawson, John Demajo and Robyn Evans who each received a $50 Bunnings voucher for taking part in the survey.


Additional information on the City’s green waste program

Every year around 32,000 tonnes of green waste material was collected by Council's kerbside collection service.

This material requires decontamination prior to being mulched and is then transported onto a contractor for composting. This is to ensure that it is clean enough to be able to be useful as a compost material.