RESIDENTS of Bendigo's small surrounding towns will soon be able to send their organic waste to the green bin, as the council prepares to extend collection services.
Heathcote, Axedale, Goornong and Elmore will all be part of a further rollout of the City of Greater Bendigo's fortnightly organics collection in January 2021.
The service diverts organic material such as kitchen waste, to recycle it into compost for reuse.
The city will deliver a new 240 litre green lid bin, a kitchen caddy, a supply of compostable caddy liners, a collection calendar and information leaflet to homes in these towns.
The organics collection will be free for these towns until July 2021. The city will begin to charge for the service on rates notices for the 2021-22 financial year.
City of Greater Bendigo resource education and recovery manager Brooke Pearce said the urban organics collection had been an outstanding success, diverting more than 43,000 tonnes of organic waste from at least 39,000 households.
Ms Pearce said organic waste placed in landfill was the biggest cause of dangerous methane gas, and other greenhouse gases.
She said Bendigo residents had embraced the organics service since its rollout.
The new organics service will take place on the alternate week to recycling in Heathcote, Goornong, Axedale and Elmore. The schedule of existing services will remain the same.
Ms Pearce said extending the organics service complied with the state government's resource and recycling policies, as well as the recommendations of the city's Food System Strategy 2020/30.
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