Changing the way we dispose of food waste

10 Mar 2017
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. There was strong support from the People’s Panel for the introduction of a food organics collection service to be included as a part of the new kerbside waste collection service. Additionally, members gave Council great insight into current composting practices at home and made great suggestions to compliment the new system. Council’s Waste Team is currently considering options that could include the provision for a food organics collection service in the new contract, with a decision to be made late 2016.

Council’s kerbside waste collection contract is set to expire in 2017, presenting a prime opportunity for Council to work with the community to discuss what our new service might look like. Community input will then be used to help us refine our future contractual requirements and find the next service delivery partner.

Wagga’s waste management approach and kerbside collection service has a track record of embracing new practice and balancing the community needs with affordability.

Council will be undertaking a large scale consultation process to measure community expectations on a range of waste related issues such as existing services, bulky waste collection, expanding kerbside collection to rural areas, and introducing food organics to the kerbside collection service.

For this People’s Panel discussion topic we want you to think outside the square about how to improve the recovery of organics waste materials within the kerbside waste collection system, specifically food waste.

The current kerbside waste collection service provides a three bin collection system in the urban area and four villages. This system includes the weekly general waste collection via a 120L general waste bin, as well as a fortnightly recycling and a fortnightly green waste collection via two separate 240L bins.

Currently, the green waste bin is purely for garden material that is subsequently reused. Other organic material such as food scraps are being collected via the general waste bin and goes straight to landfill.

An audit of the kerbside waste collections in 2011 identified that 54% of material in the general waste bin collections were organic in nature (such as food scraps) and as such were going direct to landfill.

Changing the way we collect and manage organic waste will have an impact on over half the general waste material that is going to landfill. Changing the way we manage this large part of our waste stream could reduce the cost related to operating the landfill, increase the beneficial reuse of this material and greatly reduce the amount of carbon produced by decomposing organic material in a landfill.

So what are some options? With a new contract coming up for offer, Wagga Wagga City Council is considering the impacts and outcomes of service collection and processing changes related to including food scraps in the green waste bin and increasing the collection frequency from fortnightly to weekly.

You can find more information and a list of what could potentially go in a food organics and garden organics bin in this fact sheet.

What we want to know from you:

How do you currently dispose of your food scraps?

Do you think Council should provide a kerbside collection service that aims to remove food waste from the landfill?

What other waste collection initiatives have you seen that you think would work well in Wagga?

Please also take the time to tell us which kerbside waste collections system you would like to see implemented in this poll.

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