LOCALS will be required to place household food waste in their green bins from 2017, not in their red bins.
Lake Macquarie City Council introduced green bins in 2013.
They are picked up fortnightly, and currently take only green waste, such as garden cuttings.
From 2017, the green bins will also take food waste, and will be collected weekly.
The waste matter in the green bins will be processed into compost.
When this change is made the red bins, containing general waste, will be collected fortnightly, instead of weekly.
There are concerns about odours from nappies sitting in red bins for a fortnight, but council said its “smell tests” found the issue would be manageable.
Council is inviting residents to complete an online survey about the change.
This next step of the three-bin service will extend the lifespan of the city’s only landfill at Awaba, the council’s sustainability manager, Alice Howe, said.
“The survey gives residents the chance to tell council what they know about the next step in the service, how they feel about the changes, and what else they would like to learn,” Dr Howe said.
Residents who complete the survey can enter the draw to win a Charlestown Square shopping voucher valued at $250.
The online survey, which closes tomorrow (Friday) night, is at haveyoursaylakemac苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛/food-scraps-shift and printed copies are available at council’s administration building at Speers Point, and all local library branches.
BIN THERE: The next change in the city’s three-bin system will occur in 2017, but the council wants your feedback now.
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