Our greener 3-bin service
We will move to Phase 2 of the 3-bin waste service on 30 July 2018. This means there will be changes to which bin you place your food waste in and the collection frequency of the green and garbage bins.
Exactly what is changing
- All food waste will be able to go into the green bin along with garden waste
- Green bins will be emptied weekly
- Material from the green bins will be taken to a new composting facility at Awaba
- Garbage bins will be emptied fortnightly on the alternate week to recycling bins
What stays the same
- Two 240 litre bins will still be emptied every week – one week it will be green and garbage, the other it will be green and recycling.
- The size of your three bins – garbage, green and recycling – will stay the same
- Material from your garbage bin will still go to landfill
- Material from your recycling bin will still be recycled
Did you know
The average Lake Mac garbage bin contains around one third food waste, and most garbage bins are not full every week.
Why we are changing
The 3-bin service is changing because the new service is the most cost effective solution for managing our waste and it will extend the life of our only landfill (in Awaba). Extensive community consultation has shown that this service is our community’s preferred option for managing our waste.
We are building the Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility at Awaba, which will compost food waste along with garden waste. Once it is built, green bins will accept all food. Food waste smells as it begins to decompose so we need to continue to collect food weekly.
The greener 3-bin service gives all residents the opportunity to separate food waste from garbage and do something practical to help the environment.
Start of our greener 3-bin service
Our greener 3-bin service will start 30 July 2018. A starter kit will be delivered to all Lake Mac homes from mid-June and will include the food scraps bin for your kitchen, a supply of compostable bags and an information pack including your new Waste Services Guide. We will also be providing new stickers for your green bin.
A trial of the service in Spring 2016 showed that the majority of residents will manage with the change. Many of the trial participants preferred the service.
- You can prepare for the change by taking practical action now to minimise the amount of waste your household produces.
- Love Food Hate Waste is an initiative of the NSW EPA and aims to raise awareness about the environmental, economic and social impacts of food waste in NSW and reduce the amount of good food being sent to landfill.
- Small Acts Big Change is an initiative of Councils in the Hunter Region and offers tips on waste minimisation through avoiding, reusing, donating and recycling.
Page last updated: 14 May 2018