New bin rollout at halfway point

Media release - 5 June 2017

The roll out of 36,000 new bins across the Kempsey Shire has reached the halfway point, with the remaining 18,000 bins to be delivered before the new waste service begins from 1 July.

Under the new system, which aims to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and keep costs down for the community over the long term, every household will receive:

  • a new green bin for weekly collection of food and garden waste,
  • a new yellow bin for fortnightly collection of household recycling, and
  • a new red bin for fortnightly collection of general rubbish.

As part of the rollout, 12,000 kitchen caddies and rolls of compostable liners are being delivered to help make it easier to collect food scraps for disposal in the green bin each week.

Keep an eye out for the Waste Services Guide attached to your new bins to help you sort and save. Households will also receive a reusable recycling bag once the new service starts.

As part of the large-scale logistical project, Council has sent out 12,000 letters and flyers to residents, communicated with 40 local real estate agents and strata managers, recorded more than 350 conversations with residents via the customer service centre and spoken to over 1500 people about the new service out in the community.

The communications program has included advertising in newspapers and on radio, a dedicated waste section on Council’s website, social media updates and a waste information trailer that visited more than 53 locations over seven weeks.

In the lead up to the start of the new service from 1 July, Council will continue to let residents know the details about removal of old bins through local media as well as Council’s website and Facebook page.

Kempsey Shire Council’s Manager of Technical and Civic Services, Trevor Dickson, said the new waste contractor has kept collection changes to a minimum with less than 1000 households having changes made to the day or week of their collections. Council will write to these residents directly.

“So if you don’t hear from us directly, the start of the new service will mean you should continue putting your yellow bin out on the same day of the week, on the same fortnightly rotation. You will then put your red bin out on the alternate fortnight, with the green bin being emptied every week. If in doubt place all three of your bins out for your first collection in July,” Mr Dickson said.

“Old bins will be taken away after each bin is emptied for the last time in June. After the old bin has been emptied we’re asking residents to lie them down on the nature strip so they can be easily identified and removed. The old bins will be taken away from 12 June to 7 July and recycled by the manufacturer.”

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