Community encouraged to cut down contamination

Published on 08 October 2019

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Following Council’s recent rollout of new organic waste bins, collection of non-Council-issued bins will cease. From next week, only Council-issued organic waste bins with lime green lids will be emptied.

Community members are encouraged to ensure that all food and garden waste is placed into the bin loose or in compostable bags which are available for free from Council’s Civic Centre at 184 Bourke Street, Goulburn.

Food and garden waste must not be placed in plastic bags, or any bag that is not certified compostable to Australian Standard AS 4736-2006 – they must have the logo (attached).

Mayor Bob Kirk wants to encourage residents to continue to do the right thing and sort their waste properly.

“Most residents are doing really well and putting all the right things in the green bin, but it’s disappointing that some are not thinking about what they are disposing of in the green lid bin” said Mayor Bob Kirk.                                                                                                                         

The contents of your organic waste bin will be turned into nutrient-rich compost, so only place the following in your green bin:

  • any raw or cooked food
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • fruit and vegetables
  • peelings
  • leftovers and take-away food (no containers)
  • meat and seafood (including bones)
  • dairy
  • eggshells
  • cooking oil (soaked up in paper towel)
  • paper towels
  • used tissues
  • pizza boxes
  • soiled/wet paper
  • shredded paper
  • •newspaper
  • pet manure and compostable kitty litter (in compostable bags or newspaper)
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • weeds
  • prunings
  • flowers
  • twigs
  • small branches

Do not place garbage, plastic bags, soft plastics, polystyrene, coffee cups, nappies, soil, plant pots, or hazardous items in your green bin. Council staff will be inspecting bins every week over summer, and all bins that contain contamination will not be emptied.

For further information, contact Council’s waste Info Line on 4823 4417.