Going Green in the Lower Hunter

Cessnock, Maitland and Singleton councils are pleased to jointly announce the introduction of the Garden Organics collection for their residents commencing from 6 March 2017.
Cessnock, Maitland and Singleton councils are pleased to jointly announce the introduction of the Garden Organics collection for their residents commencing from 6 March 2017.  

During January and February 2017, all households with a weekly garbage collection provided by their local council will have a new 240 litre bin with a lime green lid delivered to their homes.  

The new bin will be in addition to the red general waste bin and yellow recycling bin currently provided.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this will give residents the convenience of disposing grass clippings and garden prunings through a new fortnightly kerbside collection.   “Currently up to a quarter of the contents of household garbage bins in our region are made up of garden organics”.  

“This initiative will reduce the amount of useable material ending in our landfills which are rapidly filling up”.  

“The Garden Organics collected from March will be processed into mulch and compost, providing residents with an environmentally sustainable and cost effective service”.  

Every tonne of general waste that goes into our landfill, including from our garbage bins, attracts the NSW government waste levy that has to be passed on to residents.  

By working together the three councils have been able to obtain a grant from the NSW EPA which has funded the purchase and supply of the bins.  

The Garden Organics collection will make a big difference to our environment, increase the lifespan of our landfill sites and provide a cost effective expansion of our waste management services that will support our community for the future.  

For more information visit our website yourorganicsbin.com.au or www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/environment/waste/organics.  

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