The Shire of Collie has resolved to implement an organics recycling service for residents of the Shire. This service will consist of a ‘three bin system’, where a third bin will be used for the collection of organic material to be recycled.
The organics recycling program may provide a service that you have not anticipated, as there are some items that cannot be composted through small scale domestic composting. The organics bin can complement your compost heap as it can take the things that your compost heap can’t - like weed seeds, excess lawn clippings and leaves, meat, bones and dairy products. Compost heaps need the right blend of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ materials so if you've got excess of one type, you can add it to the organics bin, knowing that it will still be composted. Branches and wood off-cuts that are too thick for composting can also be put in the organics bin. Pet waste can be composted, but most composting at home does not kill the bacteria within the waste, so it is best to put it in the organics bin (the commercial composting system used will kill these bacteria).
Worms can be fussy eaters and often do not like onions, citrus, eggshells and potato peels. Chooks are also great at turning organic matter into fertilizer, but there are things they cannot eat as well. You can put the things that your worms and chooks don’t like in the organics bin.
Notwithstanding this, it is possible that you may get limited use from this service. The Shire provides many services that all ratepayers pay for, but that not all ratepayers access. Services such as libraries, parks and recreation centres are all provided for ratepayers to use, and are paid for by all ratepayers, however, not all ratepayers utilise them.
Local Governments consider the benefit to the broader community when deciding which services to provide, and Council has decided that organics recycling will benefit the broader community by reducing long term costs and reducing landfill and waste. Shire services that benefit the broader community such as these are not opt in or opt out.
Council resolved to introduce this service to all residences that currently have a bin service, and this includes rural residential properties. Accordingly, we cannot ‘cancel’ this service for individuals. The new service will commence next year, and you will receive a new bin, and future rates notices will include the levy.