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More green waste recycling bins encouraged, as orders reach 60,000

06 June, 2014

More Brisbane residents are being encouraged to order a green waste recycling bin as the program grows in popularity, with more than 60,000 households now making use of the service.
Field Services Chair Cr David McLachlan said Council had so far collected more than 11,000 tonnes of green waste through the program this financial year.

“The high volume of waste processed through the kerbside green waste recycling program shows just how beneficial it is to both householders and the natural environment,” Cr McLachlan said.

“Lawn clippings, prunings and leaves collected through the scheme are commercially processed into garden products including compost and mulch.
“It means household green waste is helping contribute to a cleaner, greener Brisbane by returning it to Brisbane gardens rather than being sent to landfill.”

Green waste bins cost $30 to adopt and $17.94 per quarter to service, with kerbside pick-up occurring every fortnight on weeks alternate to recycling.

Cr McLachlan said the low cost of the scheme was implemented to deliver as much value to residents as possible.

“The fact 60,000 households are now using these bins shows Brisbane residents are environmentally conscious and I’d encourage more households to order one if they think its something they’ll use,” he said.

“Council’s two free green waste tipping weekends this financial year have seen more than 2,100 tonnes of green waste disposed of across the four transfer stations, showing there is huge scope to increase participation in the fortnightly green waste recycling service.

“Green waste recycling bins provide a fantastic means to keep yards neat without spending personal time travelling to waste transfer stations or sending material that could be reused or recycled to landfill.”

Forest Lake, The Gap and Bracken Ridge households have adopted the most green waste recycling bins since the scheme started.

For more information on Council’s green waste recycling program visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/waste or call Council on 3403 8888.

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