Warrnambool Glass gets green light

Warrnambool City Council will roll out a new glass collection service, following a successful trial of the service earlier this year.

The new service, which will commence in early 2021, will provide residents with a fortnightly collection of an 80L glass bin.

Warrnambool Mayor Tony Hebert told The Warrnambool Standard that the new glass service would improve the quality of the City’s recycling.

“We know that separating glass from other recyclables is one of the most effective ways to reduce contamination and make sure as many recyclable items as possible are re-used.”

“Processing waste correctly is a cheaper option than sending material to landfill.”

To support the glass collection service, Council has recently set up a bottle bank at Statewide Recycling where residents can drop off their glass.

Glass collected in the bottle bank is being crushed locally for use in local road projects, whilst the glass from kerbside bins will be used in local concreting projects.

Further improvements to the City’s recycling are planned for next year including rolling out new recycling bins, a shift to a larger 140L waste bin that is collected fortnightly and investigation into a weekly FOGO collection trial.

The new system will be delivered with a reduction in the waste management fee compared to last year. The cost savings include no transport costs for glass processing, a reduction in the waste bin collection frequency and increased diversion of food waste into the FOGO bin.

Cr Herbert concluded his report to The Warrnambool Standard, “As a city we are taking great strides in cutting the volume of waste going to landfill”.

Warrnambool City Council