Bin audit program helps residents use the correct bins

Thursday, 13 July 2017

More residents are putting their rubbish in the correct bins as a result of the City’s bin audit program.

The program has led to a significant decrease in recycling and green waste contamination levels in the bins inspected.

Around 4,500 recycling bins and 3,200 green waste bins in Corio, Newcomb, Belmont and Bell Post Hill were inspected by means of cameras fixed to collection trucks. Initial audits took place in March, with educational stickers then placed on the bins found to contain items that shouldn’t be there.

Four months on from the original inspections, the bins were inspected again - and the results are impressive.


Recycling bin audits

Area
Percentage of bins with contamination
March 2017
Percentage of bins with contamination
July 2017
Corio
18%
3%
Bell Post Hill
12%
2%
Newcomb
9%
2%
Belmont
9%
1%

Green waste bin audits

Area
Percentage of bins with contamination
March 2017
Percentage of bins with contamination
July 2017
Corio
6%
2%
Bell Post Hill
11%
3%
Newcomb
6%
2%
Belmont
8%
1%


Peter Godfrey - Acting Director City Services

The bin audit program has had a major impact in helping to educate people and change behaviour.

In Corio, the percentage of recycling bins inspected with items that shouldn’t be there went from 18 per cent to just three per cent. This is an amazing result.

Plastic bags were overwhelming the most common item incorrectly placed in recycling and green waste bins. The bin audits have really helped us push the message that they don’t belong there.