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40,000 bins Valley-bound

Clarence Valley Council environmental officer Richard Roper and J.R. Richards and Sons regional manager Phil Baynham with some of the 40,000 new waste bins.
Clarence Valley Council environmental officer Richard Roper and J.R. Richards and Sons regional manager Phil Baynham with some of the 40,000 new waste bins.

THERE'S an army of "greenies" tens of thousands strong set to roll into the Clarence Valley from next week.

Their mission: to reduce landfill and help us become better recyclers.

And no, it's not a legion of environmental activists. The greenies en route to us are made of plastic, have two wheels and they're moving in permanently.

From Monday morning the Clarence Valley Council (CVC) will begin the mammoth task of delivering more than 40,000 green and yellow-lidded waste bins to households in the area to prepare for a new waste management system starting in July.

As part of the plan, from July 30 green and yellow bins will be collected every week while the red rubbish bin will be collected fortnightly.

There will also be changes to what residents can and can't put into the bins.

Green bins will be used for all kitchen waste, including seafood and meat scraps, green waste and small, untreated timber off-cuts.

The red bin should then only be used for general rubbish, including dirty nappies, plastic packaging and wrappers, ceramics, Pyrex and broken glass.

CVC sustainable services coordinator Ken Wilson said the new system was designed to reduce the amount of organic and recyclable material going to landfill to the tune of more than 3000 tonnes a year.

He said the introduction of the green waste bin about 10 years ago had played a huge part in reducing landfill and the new system was the next step in reducing the amount further, which he said had a number of flow-on benefits.

"So yes, we'll save landfill space and the cost of that, but we're also going to reduce landfill levy liability and potentially reduce any liability from the carbon tax so it's a multi-prong benefit there," Mr Wilson said.

Not everyone in the community likes the smell of the new plan though.

The Daily Examiner has previously heard from a number of Valley residents concerned the shift to a fortnightly collection of the red bin could create health issues, particularly through the build-up of disposable nappies.

Mr Wilson said the council was aware of these concerns.

"Generally the feedback has been positive - there's always going to be issues though, especially with the red bin moving back to a fortnightly collection and we're hoping to try and address most of those issues," he said.

Mr Wilson said delivering the new bins would be a "major logistical exercise" but said organisers were confident they would all be delivered within seven weeks.

For more information about the new system and the bin roll-out, follow the links on CVC's homepage at clarence.nsw.gov.au.

Topics:  clarence valley, grafton, organic, wheelie bins


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