Moving to 3 kerbside bins

The townships of Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie will move to a three bin sytem for kerbside waste collection from 1 July 2023.  This follows a Council resolution in May 2022. The three streams of kerbside waste collection will be:
 
  1. General waste
  2. Recycling
  3. Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO)
The decision is in response to community feedback requesting a recycling service in Jerilderie and also to the NSW Government requirement that local Councils implement a household bin service to collect food organics and garden organics (FOGO) from the kerb by 2030.

We aim to significantly improve the way our community manages their waste. We have set these targets by to achieve by 1 July 2024:
 
  • Reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfill by 30%
  • Increase the overall amount of recycling by 18%
  • Reduce the amount of general waste by 52%
  • Reduce and where possible, eliminate, single use plastic items within Council (draft Single Use Plastics Policy July 2023)
Additionally, we support the NSW Government target to reduce plastic litter reduction by 30% by 2025.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. What type of waste will each wheelie bin hold?

  1. General waste – red lid
  2. Mixed recycling (also called ‘co-mingled’) – yellow lid
  3. Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) – green lid

2. When will the new three stream system commence?

The new system will start on 1 July 2023.

3. What are the benefits to our community?

The introduction of three bins for kerbside collection will allow us all to manage our waste more effectively. It is part of an overall strategy by the NSW Government based around the concept of a circular economy, which works on the principle of using our resources more efficiently and making them more productive. We extend the lifeline of our products by reusing or recycling them. This, in turn, reduces the amount of waste going to landfill or ending up as litter. It ensures our waste does not become a problem for future generations to deal with and allows us to live sustainably in our beautiful natural environment.

4. Why are we moving to a three bin system?

The decision to introduce a kerbside recycling service in Jerilderie township is in response to extensive community feedback. The FOGO bins are a NSW Government requirement that local Councils have until 2030 to implement a household bin service to collect food organics and garden organics (FOGO) from the kerb.

We are aiming to:

  • Reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfill by 30%
  • Increase the overall amount of recycling by 18%
  • Reduce the amount of general waste by 52%
  • Reduce plastic litter reduction by 30% by 2025 (NSW Government target)
  • Reduce, and where possible eliminate, single use plastic items within Council (draft Single Use Plastics Policy July 2023

5How will I know what goes in each bin?

We will provide stickers on the top of the bin to tell you the correct contents for each bin. We will also be distributing lots of other information so we can all sort our waste properly. It’s important that we put the correct things in the correct bin so the contents are not contaminated.

6. What happens if waste in the FOGO or recycled bins is contaminated?

If the contents are contaminated, the whole contents of the bin is either sent to landfill or we are charged an additional processing fee by the recycling plant to sort the waste.

7. Will I get a kitchen caddy for my organic waste?

Yes, we will supply a handy kitchen caddy.

8. Can I choose the size of bins I would like?

Yes, we will all have the opportunity to nominate the bin size we would like. We currently have 240 litre bins in our Council area. The options with the new three stream system are:

Type of bin

Bin sizes

FOGO

360 litre OR 240 litre

General waste

120 litre OR 240 litre

Recycling

360 litre OR 240 litre


Choice 1 will be provided if we do not receive a response from you.

9. When will my bins get collected?

Type of bin

Collection frequency

FOGO

Weekly

General waste

Fortnightly

Recycling

Fortnightly


10. Do I have to have a green bin if I don’t want one?

Yes, the NSW Government has passed a law that all NSW households must have a FOGO bin for kerbside collection by 2030.

11. Do I have to have a yellow recycling bin if I don’t want one?

At Council, we support the NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy. Increasing the amount of material that is recycled instead of going to landfill is an important part of this strategy. The kerbside collection service is a simple, convenient way of recycling. Your property will be charged for a yellow bin as part of Council’s fee structure.

12. Where does my recycling go?

Our recycling goes to Kurrajong Waratah in Wagga Wagga. Two trips will be made to Wagga Wagga each collection week. The other news is that Hay Shire Council is proposing to build a Materials Recovery Centre. When this facility is completed, we will send our recycling to Hay, instead of Wagga Wagga.

13. Where will my organics waste go?

The contents of the FOGO bins will be driven to Worm Tech’s Composting Facility (located in our Council area). Council staff will carry out this role. It is likely two trips will be made to the facility each collection week. We will purchase a new larger side load garbage truck to make the process more efficient.

14. Do we have other recycling options in our Council area?

Community Recycling Centres (CRC) are drop-off centres where we can drop off common household problem waste that can’t be collected via Council kerbside waste and recycling collection services (free of charge).

Coleambally and Jerilderie Waste Depots have CRC sheds, where you can drop off household quantities of paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, motor oils, other oils, car batteries, household batteries, smoke detectors and fluorescent tubes and globes. The car batteries at Coleambally are utilised by the Men’s Shed as a fundraising activity.

Mini stations are located at the Coleambally, Jerilderie and Darlington Point offices household batteries, smoke alarms, light globes, mobile phones and accessories and toner cartridges.

We also take part in the national DrumMUSTER and ChemClear programs.