Organics Bin Service Rollout

Consultation has concluded

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.

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.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Will collie rate payers be given an allocation of mulch like other councils? I see a lot of green waste also at the tip which can be used to create this mulch!

    Gavin asked over 3 years ago

    In terms of the compost that is made from the contents of the Organics bin service in the Shire’s of Collie, Capel, Donnybrook-Balingup and the City of Bunbury, members of the public including residents and business are able to purchase it from the BHRC Waste Management Facility on Stanley Road Australind. The reason it isn’t able to be provided for free is because the sale of the compost helps fund the ongoing operation of the organics processing facility to ensure it is sustainable. If the full processing and operational costs were included in the annual service charge to ratepayers, it would result in an increase of the charge”.

    Green waste that is received at the Collie Transfer Station is either mulched for use by Council on Parks & Gardens with the Shire, or if it is too large to be processed then it is burnt

  • Who,s idea was it to only empty the normal bin every 14 days??? This is ridiculous as my bin is normally full after 5 days what do I do with the other 9 days of rubbish??? Another silly decision from the shire with out asking for what people need...

    Marc asked over 3 years ago

    Hello Marc, the problem is that there is too much rubbish going to landfill (not just in Collie but on a global scale) and we all need to look for ways to reduce how much general waste we generate.

    All paper and cardboard products can go in the new organics bin (things like egg cartons, pizza boxes, paper towels, cardboard boxes etc.) as well as all food scraps.  

    All the same paper and cardboard products can also go in your recycle bin, along with plastic and glass.

    Are you sure there are not things in your general waste bin that could go in either the organics bin or the recycle bin?

  • Do you expect us to sort threw rubbish in our kitchen bins? And emptied fortnightly? I'm not going to lie I'll chuck it all straight into the organic waste so it gets emptied weekly

    .. asked over 3 years ago

    The introduction of the 3-bin system aims to educate the community about the problems with landfill sites (rubbish tips), and divert recyclable and organic materials away from these sites. The environmental problems caused by landfill sites are well known, including the release of greenhouse gases, toxins and pollutants into waterways.  Rubbish buried in landfill also breaks down at a very slow rate and remains a problem for future generations.

    The Western Australian State Government has set recycling targets for regional areas of 30% of waste diverted from landfill by 2015 and 50% diverted by 2020.  Financial costs will be imposed on those local governments that do not reach these targets.

    Throwing everything into the organics bin so that it gets taken away weekly is only going to contribute more to the problem of landfill; contaminated organics waste will have to go to landfill instead of being recycled or turned into compost.

    We hope that everybody at least tries to do the right thing, in the interests of the environment.

  • Is it okay to put alpaca poo straight into the bin?

    Pamela asked over 3 years ago

    If you are talking about the organics bin, the answer is yes.  

  • How much will this service cost? I dont want it or need it or can afford it. General waste is being changed to a fortnightly collection? lets just invite all the feral animals into our homes. imagine 2 weeks of nappies in the summer. for a local government, your not too bright are ya? I would expect my rates to be cheaper with collections now halved.

    william swan asked over 3 years ago

    The Shire provides many services such as libraries, parks and recreation centres that all ratepayers pay for, but do not necessarily use. These services, which benefit the broader community, are not opt in or opt out. 

    Research has shown that nappies smell progressively worse for four days then do not smell any worse (or better) after that. So, a Rubbish bin with nappies in it smells no worse after 14 days than it does after 7 days. 

  • I'm just wondering how big the branches can be that I put in the organics bin, "Branches and wood off-cuts that are too thick for composting can also be put in the organics bin." As we prune quite a bit each season from our fruit trees, and our pine tree. Thank you

    Jesse Cartledge asked over 3 years ago

    Prunings are fine. Please break them down as much as you can so that the bin lid can be closed. The main concern here is the weight, which needs to be kept below 70 kgs, otherwise it will be too heavy for the hydraulic arm of the truck.