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    What kerbside collection services do we have currently in Mitchell Shire?

    Our current standard kerbside collection service includes a weekly general rubbish service (120 Litre Red Lid Bin), and a fortnightly mixed recycling service (240 Litre Yellow Lid Bin). Council provides kerbside waste collection services in all major townships and along connector roads within the Shire.  

    If your property is not eligible for a kerbside collection service, Council provides a number of kerbside collection points throughout the Shire that you may be able to use. You can also drop off your rubbish and recycling at Council’s Resource Recovery Centres in Seymour, Broadford, Pyalong, or Wallan, or elect to engage a private collection service.  

    The mixed recycling bin accepts mixed recyclables, which currently includes glass, aluminium, steel cans, plastic bottles and containers, and paper and carboard. These materials are transported to Visy Materials Recovery facility located in Melbourne, where they are separated into different commodities before being sent to processors to create new products. General rubbish collected in the Red Lid Bins is disposed of at Mitchell Landfill in Hilldene, which is owned by Council and operated under an EPA licence. 

    Why are we changing our kerbside collection services to a four-stream system?

    In 2020, the Victorian Government released its 10-year circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria. As part of these changes the Recycling Victoria policy has mandated changes to kerbside collections. 

    By 2030, all 79 councils in Victoria will be required to move to a 4-stream-system that separates waste into: General Rubbish (red lid) Mixed Recycling (yellow lid) Glass Recycling (purple lid), and Food Organics and Garden Organics ( Green Lid). From March 2025 glass will no longer be accepted in our Mixed Recycling Bin (Yellow Lid Bin) and will need to be placed in the new Glass Recycling Bin (Purple Lid Bin). 

    From March 2025, Mitchell Shire Council is implementing its new kerbside service called “Do The Right Bin”. As part of this new service, all Mitchell Shire residential households currently receiving a kerbside service will have General Rubbish (Red Lid Bin), Mixed Recycling Bin (Yellow Lid), Food Organics and Garden Organics (Green Lid) and the Glass Recycling Bin (Purple Lid). Glass will no longer be accepted in the Mixed Recycling Bin (Yellow Lid Bin) and will need to be placed in the new Glass Recycling (Purple Lid Bin). 

    We know this may be challenging for those residents currently using our kerbside collection points. We are working on a solution for these residents and will be making contact with users to seek further input into practical solutions for these situations. 

    What is the new four-stream system, and do I get to have a say in how these new services are delivered?

    Kerbside collection services will be standardised throughout the state. This means that bin lids colour (General Rubbish – Red Lid, Mixed Recycling Bin – yellow lid, Food Organics and Garden Organics Bin – green lid and the Glass Recycling Bin – purple lid) will be the same everywhere in Victoria.  

    Mitchell Shire Council undertook a community survey about the changes to kerbside services in October/November 2022Over 760 responses were receivedand a Kerbside transition community working group was established to seek further community input. Council have listened to the changes our community would like to make and are developing a range of materials to support our residents through the transition. 

    The proposed changes from March 2025 will include: 

    • Green Lid Bin - Food Organics and Garden Organics  - Collected Weekly
    • Red Lid Bin - General Rubbish - Fortnightly
    • Yellow Lid Bin - Mixed Recycling - Fortnightly
    • Purple Lid Bin - Glass Recycling - Monthly

    When will these new services be introduced in Mitchell Shire?

    Council’s existing waste and recycling collection and processing contracts conclude in early 2025, and the new 4-bin system will be introduced  as part  of our new contracts from March 2025. 

    Will separating waste and recycling into four streams support better environmental outcomes?

    When organic waste is sent to landfill it creates methanea potent greenhouse gas. By placing food and garden waste into the Green Lid Bin we will be able to take the material to a composting facility and divert organic waste from landfill, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissionsRecent audits have identified that around 66% of the waste in the Red Lid Bins in Mitchell Shire consists of food and garden organics 

    The 4-bin system also aims to improve household recycling outcomes by producing higher-quality recycled material for reuse to support the circular economy.  

    Why are some councils getting the new system before Mitchell Shire?

    The change of our collection contract provides the best opportunity for Council to roll out new services and minimise the cost impacts. 

    Council’s existing waste and recycling contracts finish in 2025, the new services will be introduced in the same year.

    By acting now, we are allowing adequate time for service providers to invest in new equipment and facilities to meet the demand of councils across Victoria. By pooling our resources with other regional councils through a joint tender process, we can make the opportunity more attractive for potential providers to invest in our region.

    Who will provide our new kerbside collection services?

    Mitchell Shire Council, together with councils and Alpine Resorts across North-East Victoria, participated in a joint collaborative procurement in 2022 for waste and recycling collection and transport and processing services. 

    As a result new kerbside collection and processing contracts will commence in Mitchell in March 2025 Final execution of these contracts is expected to be completed shortly. 

The New Bins

    Where will I put my bins? I don’t have enough space?

    We understand that it can be challenging to find space to store two more bins especially in units and flats. We want to help people living at specific multi-unit properties, so we are currently investigating the opportunity to see if we can allow for the sharing of bins between neighbors who reside in higher density dwellings. 

    How big will the bins be? Can I still upsize?

    Residents can currently upgrade to larger bins (where applicable)  or organise an extra bin for a fee. This will continue under the new service.  

    BinStandard SizeUpgrade for a fee to:
    Red Lid Bin (General Rubbish)120 Litre120 Litre additional bin
    Red Lid Bin (General Rubbish)120 Litre240 Litre upgraded bin
    Yellow Lid Bin (Recycling)240 Litre240 Litre additional bin
    Green Lid Bin (FOGO)120 Litre120 Litre additional bin
    Green Lid Bin (FOGO)120 Litre240 Litre upgraded bin
    Purple Lid Bin (Glass)120 Litre120 Litre additional bin

    For more info on ordering extra bins 

    Will my collection day change?

    We will be working with our collection contractor to try and minimise the need to make any changes to current collection days. Any necessary changes will be communicated to impacted properties closer to the introduction of the new services. 

    I have a large family/special circumstances will there be exemptions?

    As we have not yet engaged a contractor for the new services we are not sure of exactly how exemptions will be managed.

    I don't have a kerbside collection (or I live on a rural property) how will these changes effect me?

    Our compulsory kerbside collection zones for residential properties includes all major townships and along connector roads within the Shire (this accounts for about 90% of properties).  

    If your property is outside the compulsory collection zone, then you may have the option to opt-in. This opt-in service is delivered using authorised collection points within our collection zones.  Properties outside the compulsory collection zone may elect to engage a private collection service. 

    Properties outside the compulsory collection zone (who do not opt-in for a collection point) will not be impacted by these changes and are not charged for a kerbside collection service. 

Glass Only Recycling

    Don't we already recycle glass? 

    Yes, glass currently placed in your yellow lid recycling bin is recycled, however this will be changing in 2025 when the new purple lid bins are introduced.  

    Mitchell Shire Council, along with all Victorian councils, will be required to provide a separate kerbside collection service or a drop-off service for glass items. You will no longer be able to dispose of glass in the yellow-lid mixed recycling bin, from March 2025. 

    Glass will have improved recycling outcomes when separated into a glass-only recycling bin. Additionally, removing broken glass from the other recyclables will produce higher quality recycled material leading to better circular economy outcomes. 

    What can I put in my Glass recycling bin? 

    Recycling Victoria is standardising what can go in each bin so it's the same right across the state. We don't yet have a full list but we do know that glass bottles and jars will be accepted however, window glass, mirror glass and other glass will not be.

Food and Garden Organics

    I already compost or manage food waste at home – will I be required to have a FOGO bin?

    If you are home composting, that is great, we encourage you to continue to do so. There are some items that generally don’t compost well at home such as citrus and onion peel, meat and fish scraps (including shells), eggshellsdairy productsnoxious weeds and insect-infested plantsAll of these products can go into the Green Lid Bin.  The introduction of the Green Lid Bin, will allow you the best of both worlds composting at home and disposing of hard to manage food scraps and garden materials.  

    What Can I put in my Food and garden organics bin?

    Recycling Victoria is standardising what can go in the Food and Garden Organics bin so it is the same right across Victoria. We do not have a full list yet but we do know that food scraps and many garden wastes will be accepted including:

    • Dairy, bread, and meat bones   

    • Out of date food 

    • Citrus    

    • Rose clippings   

    • Eggshells 

    • Corn cobs  

    • Noxious weeds such as blackberry bush 

    • Lawn clippings 

    • Twigs, plants, leaves and weeds 

Household Rubbish

    I'm concerned how much nappies are going to smell if they sit in the bin for two weeks.

    We have heard from many people who are concerned about the smell of nappies under this collection frequency change, and we have been investigating solutions used by other councils that have already implemented fortnightly collections. We are also aware that nappies can take up a lot of space in your bin and are looking into some solutions for those households using nappies. 

    There have been a number of studies undertaken that have shown that in households using disposable nappies, a fortnightly collection will have not have a significant impact on bin smell, compared to a weekly collection.  

    A trial study by Lake Macquarie City Council addressed concerns around increased odour and limited space in a fortnightly landfill collection. 

    In the meantime, some suggested solutions for nappy odour in bins include: 

    • Placing nappies in a disposable nappy bag, and ensuring it is tied off 

    • Wrapping nappies tightly in on themselves, securing them with the tags. 

    • When possible, flushing the soiled contents of the nappy down the toilet, before placing the nappy in a disposable bag and binning the nappy. 

    • Keeping your bin in a shady spot. 

    Won't my rubbish bin get smelly?

    Bins can get smelly from time to time, no doubt about that! 

    By putting your food waste into the Green Lid bin most of the waste that breaks down (food) and gets smellwill be picked up every week.   

    Storing the bin in the shade can also help to reduce smell. If you have prawn tails/fish/meat bones, wrap them up in newspaper and place them in your freezer until collection day, then place them into your Green Lid Bin. 

    But, by diverting your food waste to the Food and Garden Organics bin (collected weekly) most of your smelly waste will be picked up sooner rather than later.  

    Red Lid Bin smell from nappy odour. Here are some suggested solutions:

    • Placing nappies in a disposable nappy bag, and ensuring it is tied off 

    • Wrapping nappies tightly in on themselves, securing them with the tags. 

    • When possible, flushing the soiled contents of the nappy down the toilet, before placing the nappy in a disposable bag and binning the nappy. 

    • Keeping your bin in a shady spot. 

The Cost

    Will the new four-stream system mean an increase in my rates waste service charge?

    There are some additional costfor the introduction of the Green Lid Bin (Food Organics and Garden Organics) and the Purple Lid Bin (Glass Recycling) which will be passed onto ratepayers through the annual waste service charge. This is likely to equate to around a 4% increase.

    What will these changes cost me? ​

    As we have not yet settled on the model for the new services it is hard to provide an exact cost. 

    We have some modelling from 2019 about what these services might cost, and we also have some indicative prices from the current market. However, the industry is changing quickly, and these may not reflect the true cost. Using the information we have, we are able to compare the models and provide the relative costs. 

    There are significant opportunities for cost recovery including reducing landfill costs. We want to minimise the cost to residents as much as we can while still providing a great service. 

    Once we have settled on a model and know the additional costs, we will inform the community. 


    Is hard waste collection part of Council’s Circular Economy Reform?

    Hard waste collection and management is not a part of the Circular Economy Reform, which is focused solely on the collection of waste and recycling via the kerbside bin system. 

    Council operates four Resources Recovery Centres across the Shire to assist ratepayers to manage their hard waste. Council also provides resource recovery centre vouchers each year with your rates notice. 

    Your rates notice contains a barcode that can be scanned up to 5 times at any of our Resource Recovery Centres.

    We acknowledge that this service is not suitable to everyone, especially those without cars. Council is currently investigating options to assist all residents to manage their hard waste. There are also private contractors who can provide a hard waste collection service.

    What is the Container Deposit Scheme?

    The Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria Policy mandates the introduction of a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS - aka drinking container refund) from 1 November 2023.  

    More information visit Container Deposit Scheme.

    Are commercial and business collections part of this change?

    The current and future kerbside collection service is designed for residential use.   

    However, some smaller businesses, schools, and commercial operations utilise Council’s current kerbside collection service and may continue to do so in the future. 

    How will Mitchell’s growth impact our waste services?

    Mitchell Shire is Victoria’s fastest growing outer metropolitan municipalities. The population of 49,000 is expected to reach 181,000 in the next 20 years.  

    We are currently seeing this population growth equate to about a 6-7% increase in our waste and resource recovery services each year.    

    This growth has been accounted for in our planning and implementation of the 4--bin system.  


    Will information be provided in languages other than English?

    Council will provide resources in languages other than English – using Sustainability Victoria provided resources for our top languages spoken in Mitchell Shireand will work in conjunction with community leaders. 

    What does Circular Economy mean?

    A circular economy continually seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption, while enabling economic growth through more productive use of natural resources.  

    It allows us to avoid waste with good design and effective recovery of materials that can be reused.  

    The value people obtain from the resources used to create goods and services increases.  

    It transforms our linear economy mindset – take, use and throw away – and fosters innovation and productivity that invigorates existing businesses and creates new ones, delivering more jobs, more growth and more social inclusion to the local, regional, state and global economies. 


    Which bin does the kitty litter go in?

    Kitty litter needs to go into the Red Lid Bin (general rubbish).