Lower Hunter launches garden organics kerbside collection service
Cessnock City Council, Maitland City Council and Singleton Council are excited to launch the kerbside garden organics collection service which starts from Monday 6 March 2017.
The garden organics service is a welcome addition to the general waste and recycling services currently provided by each Council as it will significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent says ‘This is a great joint initiative that will have a really positive impact on the environment in the Lower Hunter. The convenience of kerbside collection of garden material will also make keeping yards and gardens neat and tidy far easier.’
Many residents have already received their new 240 litre bin with a lime green lid, which will be collected fortnightly, alternating with the recycling collection. So far more than 55,000 bins have been delivered to residents across the Lower Hunter with the final roll out of bins expected to be completed by Friday 17 February.
Maitland Mayor, Cr Peter Blackmore says ‘People have been so excited to receive their new garden organics bin, and the roll out has been very smooth. Waste is a very important issue for our communities and this is a step in the right direction that provides a cost effective addition to the waste services available to residents and will keep an estimated 20,000 tonnes of waste out of our landfills.’
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore says ‘This is a service that many of our urban residents have been requesting for some time, and is a win-win for the community and the environment. Garden organic waste such as grass clippings accounts for a significant proportion of our kerbside collections and this new service will not only keep that volume of waste out of landfill, but transform organic material into mulch and compost.’
The start of the kerbside garden organics service is a little over two weeks away and residents can now begin to fill their new garden organics bins with the lime green lids in preparation for the first pickup during the fortnight commencing Monday 6 March. Materials that can go into the bin include:
- Grass clippings
- Palm fronds
- Sticks and branches
- Untreated timber
For more information about the new service or to check when your organics bins will be serviced visit yourorganicsbin.com.au.
16 February 2017