Nearly half of all local households have adopted green bins

By Daneka Hill

IT HAS been nearly one year since Campaspe Shire made changes to its green bin program, and council is happy with how many locals have adopted the fortnightly food and garden waste service.

Rather than just being for garden clippings, the green bins were adjusted in July to accept all food scraps including food that is out of date or unable to be composted in a back yard compost (such as meat, bones, seafood, pasta, plate scrapings).

There are 1,328 houses in Rochester, and 760 of them have a green bin.

Campaspe Shire regulatory and community services general manager Paul McKenzie said some Rochester households had more than one green bin.

“It’s great to see that our community has embraced the expanded food and garden waste service, with many of our residents now using a green bin,” he said.

“This not only reduces the amount of harmful material going to landfill, but has significant environmental benefits.”

Out of the 64 houses in Colbinabbin, 30 have green bins.

In Lockington 108 of the 207 houses have their own green bins.

It costs owners of a green bin $54.90 a year to have the bins emptied, and the wheelie bin comes with a free food scrap caddy for the kitchen.

The green bin service is not available in rural areas.