Find out how you can dispose of various types of waste and recyclables, in ways that help both the environment and your household.
How good are you at recycling?
Most of us realise it's important to get it right on bin night, but sometimes it can feel confusing... especially when plastic items do (or don't!) have a number in the triangle, or when packaging is made of composite materials. The good news is that a new Australian Recycling Label (or ARL) is being introduced. Its icons will help everyone understand what goes in which bin. Look out for them on packaging over the coming months.
Public place and kerbside recycling services are for household items made from:
- Paper or cardboard
- Plastics that hold their shape - known as hard plastics - and with any number on the base
- Aluminium and steel cans
- Glass and plastic bottles
- Assorted other packaging from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry, such as UHT cartons, empty aerosol cans, detergent bottles and pizza boxes (just eat all the pizza first).
Contaminants found in recycling bins include nappies, strapping tape, plastic bags and bagged recyclables, polystyrene, greenwaste and garbage. These can cause big problems at Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs). Please do the right thing by your local industry, community and the environment by using the right bin.
Remember that much of what many people call "waste" is a reusable resource, even when it's not recyclable through your kerbside collection. Here are some tips on common household items and information on what to do with them.
Any clean plastics you can scrunch up. These include plastic carry bags, bags used for bread, produce, cereal, biscuits, dog food, potting mix and many more soft plastics such as bubble wrap. Drop these off next time you shop at Coles orWoolworths, to be sent to Redcycle (link is external) for specialist recycling.
Food waste makes up an astonishing 25 - 40% of many householders' garbage bins! You can reduce this by checking your pantry and fridge and making a list before you head to the shops. Check out the simple, tasty and free recipes you can quickly create from the leftovers in your fridge and pantry, at www.lovefoodhatewaste.vic.gov.au(link is external). It's also best not to shop when you are hungry!
Whilst mobiles keep us connected to the world around us, many of us also have an old one... or three... stashed in drawers. Mobiles contain valuable and scarce resources such as coltan (tantalite), mined from pristine habitats. So, when the time comes to move your mobile on, be sure to take it to a participating drop-off point for specialist recycling, via Mobile Muster. Typical locations include phone shops, civic centres and libraries: www.mobilemuster.com.au/locator-map/(link is external)
Many of our gadgets rely on batteries, and as a result also create a significant waste stream. Batteries contain hazards such as lead and acid, so it's important these are kept out of landfill. Do the right thing by taking your dead household batteries* to transfer stations, Aldi, Bunnings or Officeworks collection points. Remember that whilst rechargeable batteries cost more initially, they have a long lifespan when compared to regular batteries and are therefore a more sustainable choice.
Car batteries can be taken to transfer stations at no fee, or you can donate them locally to the Rotary Club of Ballan to aid its fundraising efforts. Simply drop off your car battery at the hardware store or at First National Real Estate.
NBN batteries should be taken to Ballarat or Melton transfer stations, where they can be dropped off at no fee.
Unwanted electrical and electronic items are the single biggest waste stream of developed societies. Anything with a battery or cord that is no longer wanted or needed can become an environmental problem/ E-waste never belongs in your kerbside recycling bin and it shouldn't go into your garbage bin either. Check out the very cool video at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Campaigns/eWaste(link is external) to learn more. From July 2019, e-waste will be banned from landfill altogether, but many items will be free to dispose of at council transfer stations. Some, such as TVs and computers, are already free to drop off.
How else can you do your bit for the environment?
The waste hierarchy teaches us all to rethink and reduce our consumer habits, rather than using resources that are often in limited supply. Here are some tips to help you on the journey:
#1 Single-use coffee cups aren't recyclable through kerbside collections, whereas a reusable cup not only lasts for years but often attracts a cafe discount on your coffee! As consumers, we have the power to make sustainable choices about our purchases every day.
#2 Are you a new parent? Have you considered cloth nappies? Whether you're just starting the journey or are an old hand, the maths is staggering... the 'average' baby (ok, we know each one is special!) works its way through around 2500 disposable nappies in the first year. That's a lot of space taken up in your garbage bin and a lot of landfill waste! Check out the Bacchus Marsh Cloth Nappy Library. It offers information, a trial lending service and a supportive ear: www.mooraboolmeg.org.au/Home/cloth-nappy-library
#3 Got something you no longer want or need, but that is good enough to "go round" again for someone else to make use of? We invite you to make a personal pledge to connect more with your local community by listing items in your local paper or online buy-swap-sell, holding a garage sale or by reaching out to charities including food banks. Likewise, buying or being given something preloved saves not only your wallet but material resources and the water, energy and carbon miles needed to create, transport and sell those items new. Love your local op shops, family and friends!
#4 When you do go shopping, bringing your own reusable bags makes more sense than ever. There are great quiet achievers all around us, like Boomerang Bag members, busily hand-creating a range of practical and fun carry bags that are free to everyone!
Got a question? Feel free to ask our Waste Project Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out these websites:
The Moorabool Waste Management & Resource Recovery Policy and Strategy
The waste team at Moorabool Shire monitors what's happening in government, industry and the community, to ensure Council's waste and recycling practices provide services that both represent best value for money and meet Council's environmental obligations. Our Policy and Strategy set directions for the next 5-10 years, and are based on these key principles:
- Waste minimisation
- Cost-effectiveness and best value
- Equity and access to services
- Innovation and continual improvement, and
- Community engagement and communications.
You can read on-screen by downloading a copy of the full Policy or Strategy. (DOC, 170.5 KB)
A number of waste management charges and levies appear on each property’s Annual Rate & Valuation Notice. For further information about these charges, please refer to Rates and Charges Explained or contact us.
Replacement of Moorabool Shire-issued bins depends upon their age (this relates to bin warranty period). Council maintains a register with serial numbers of bins assigned to properties and this will determine whether you need to pay for a new bin. Our suppliers may also choose to inspect the bin with the option to repair it.
Replacement bin lids, pins or wheels are supplied and fitted at no charge to the resident. There's no need to fill in a form for these parts; simply contact us if you have a bin needing a little TLC.
Greenwaste collections are now a permanent service in Moorabool’s urban areas!
Since commencing with a trial in early 2017 in Bacchus Marsh, Darley, Maddingley and Ballan areas, over 2,000 residents have signed up for a fortnightly green bin collection, keeping over 600 tonnes of garden materials out of landfill each year. This resource is processed into quality mulches and compost for commercial applications.
Residents in these defined areas can sign up at any time. The service is generally far cheaper than engaging a private removal service, and more convenient than repeat trips to a transfer station. Application forms are on Council’s website: https://www.moorabool.vic.gov.au/forms/waste-service-application-form or a paper form is available from our customer service centres in Ballan, Darley and the Lerderderg Library in Bacchus Marsh.