Yellow bin inspections are underway across the City, as part
of efforts to help residents understand what can be recycled.
The City’s kerbside recycling service resumed in December
last year after the City formed an agreement with Cleanaway.
Reports back from Cleanaway indicate contamination levels of
approximately 35 per cent in the first month, meaning that around 35 per cent of what went into
recycling bins still ended up in landfill.
The yellow lid bin is for clean paper, cardboard, aluminium,
glass and rigid plastic.
Brochures have been delivered across the community notifying
residents of the upcoming inspections.
The inspection process involves officers
following collection trucks and viewing what comes out of yellow lid bins as
they are tipped into the truck.
Residents who have obvious contaminants in their bin will
receive a sticker notification clarifying what should and shouldn’t be disposed
of through kerbside recycling.
Officers will liaise directly with residents who repeatedly
put contaminants in their bin after multiple sticker notices, to help educate
and provide any additional assistance.
The biggest contaminant in recycling bins remains soft
plastic packaging, including plastic bags.
A key point for residents to remember is not to bag
recycling before putting it in the yellow bin. Plastic bags are not recyclable
through the kerbside collection system.
Soft plastics like plastic bags and food wrapping can be
recycled through REDcycle, who have collection points at most major
Electrical goods, textiles, metal pots and pans, as well as
plastic children’s toys can all be recycled but not via the kerbside
Residents can find out how to recycle these items at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/recycling/guide.aspx
Some contamination items that end up in the recycling bin are a dangerous fire risk.
has reported finding gas bottles, car batteries, car parts and even hot water
systems in the recycling they receive.
Other items that cannot be recycled via the kerbside yellow
bin include white polystyrene, disposable nappies and coated cardboard (tetra
Polystyrene can be recycled at the Geelong Resource Recovery Centre.
Black meat trays should also go in the red garbage bin, as
the optical sorters at recycling plants are unable to detect black plastic
against the black conveyor belts.
City of Greater Geelong
Mayor, Stephanie Asher
It’s a positive step forward to have our kerbside recycling
collection back up and running, and to keep our recyclables out of landfill. However, it’s important to remember that this service only
applies for a limited group of items – clean paper, cardboard, aluminium, glass
and rigid plastic.
Cr Ron Nelson, Chair, Waste
We are calling on all residents to help us lower our
recycling contamination rates in Greater Geelong and reduce what we send to
landfill. This will help reduce what is sent to landfill, therefore
reducing our impact on the environment.