Community consultation on our 4-bin waste service and hard waste

In 2020-21, we spoke to the Merri-bek community about our kerbside waste and recycling services.

Thank you to everyone for providing feedback on the proposed changes to our waste service.

Overall we had 14 weeks of active engagement over 3 separate stages of community consultation. We held 14 workshops and 5 phone drop-in sessions with community members. Overall, we had 4,259 contributions across a range of engagement activities and feedback channels, including over 3,122 survey responses from households, businesses and community organisations. You can find a summary of each stage of consultation below.


Stage 1 - July and August 2020

The first stage of consultation helped us to understand what you think of our current waste services and your thoughts on the introduction of a fourth bin or service for glass recycling.

We received over 436 survey responses and 149 ideas on how the changes might affect your households and our community. You can find a summary of your feedback from Stage 1 here.

We also undertook social research to further understand how a four-bin service would impact on specific groups in our community. You can read a summary of the key findings here.

Stage 2 - February and March 2021

In the second stage of consultation, we presented some options for changes to your FOGO and Garbage, Recycling and Glass, and Hard Waste services and asked about alternatives for a new glass recycling bin for some housing types.

We received over 1,000 survey responses, and conducted six online workshops and two phone in sessions.

You can find a summary of consultation from Stage 2 here.

Stage 3 - August and September 2021

In the third and final stage of consultation, we sought feedback on our proposed changes to our waste service, outlined in our Kerbside Waste Service and Charge Policy. We received over 1600 survey responses from households and businesses, and held seven online workshops and two phone in sessions.

You can find a summary of consultation from Stage 3 here.


Community feedback helped shape our new 4-bin waste service

Merri-bek households will move to a 4-bin waste service as required by State Government reforms from mid-2023, with the addition of a glass recycling bin to existing general rubbish and mixed recycling bins. A food and garden organics bin, currently an optional service, will be rolled out to all households.

The changes follow Council’s endorsement of a new Kerbside Waste Service and Charge Policy at the December Council Meeting.

To help residents move to the new waste service, general rubbish bins will continue to be collected weekly while mixed recycling bins will move to fortnightly collection and be increased in size. Food and garden organics bins will be collected weekly and glass recycling bins will be collected monthly.

The extensive three-stage community consultation process demonstrated the diversity and differing needs of the community.

While fortnightly general rubbish collection is a better option in terms of costs and emissions reduction, we understand that this is a big change for Merri-bek residents, so we will make changes in stages and we will provide ongoing support to make the transition as smooth as possible.

We will trial fortnightly general rubbish collection in one section of the north of Merri-bek and one section of the south. The trial will help inform us how best to move to fortnightly general rubbish collections across the municipality.

Hard waste is also undergoing some changes, with booked hard waste collections being trialled from July 2022. Find out more about hard waste here.

Further changes to general rubbish collection frequency and hard waste collections are subject to further Council decision, following the outcomes of the trials.

You can explore project updates and community questions and comments from community consultation below.

Project Updates

Stage 1

Share your thoughts

In the first stage of consultation in July-August 2020, we asked you how you thought these changes might affect your household. Hearing about your experiences helps us to understand how we can improve our waste services for everyone in Merri-bek.

You can read people's thoughts and ideas below.

How do you think these changes might affect you and your household? What do we need to think about when we’re planning for these changes in Merri-bek?

21 August, 2020

ianmacca says:

“95% of our food products are packaged in plastic. Glass drop of points at shopping centres instead of another truck polluting our suburbs.”

21 August, 2020

Victoryaddicks says:

“Continue weekly landfill.”

20 August, 2020

magpies67 says:

“The challenge will be lack of space to place 4 bins especially for residence living in apartment blocks. Education our community ”

20 August, 2020

lauren_doherty says:

“Make the recycling of e-waste more accessible. Placing it out during hard rubbish ends in a mess and in the same truck as everything else. ”

19 August, 2020

cbriton says:

“It would be good to have common collection points for both glass and soft plastics, and more clarification about 'what goes where.'”

18 August, 2020

Hannahif says:

“consider an appliance repair stations that the council pays people to use to reduce the applicance/household items going to landfill ”

18 August, 2020

Derpi says:

“I think there needs to be something better for clothing thay can't be donated other than the rubbish bin where it can be reused. ”

18 August, 2020

Carmel50 says:

“There is limited nature strip access for 3 bins now with more cars parked on streets due to Council approved minimum parking developments.”

18 August, 2020

Craigl says:

“Hi. Could we move to weekly green waste collections? The move to include food waste is great but I don’t have enough green bin space. Thanks”

17 August, 2020

Rosina says:

“I think it's great that we're moving to a four bin system. Fortnightly rubbish and weekly food and garden waste collection would be the best”

17 August, 2020

MrsPeach says:

“I agree a split bin would be much better as the space it would take up in the smaller blocks would be a lot!”

17 August, 2020

alex_neill says:

“Great idea! But FOUR bins is a big ask. My family are from the Northern Rivers and they have one recycling bin with a divider.”

16 August, 2020

Marita says:

“Not everyone has glass to put out weekly. I don't drink alcohol or buy sauces in jars as I make my own. Would take me many months to fill.”

16 August, 2020

JFR says:

“Recycling of glass, cardboard, paper, is clear, but it is the variety of plastics that is the issue. ”

15 August, 2020

lizzym says:

“Where all the bins will fit on subdivided properties. ”

14 August, 2020

awalker says:

“We are big on recycling, have own compost & minimal rubbish. Worried for neighbours habits. Think education is needed if more bins provided”

14 August, 2020

Laurenfsamuel says:

“Great to add an extra bin though soft plastics are thrown out in our house much more than glass. we need more education on correct recycling”

14 August, 2020

katie_daley says:

“I think it will be supremely helpful and I support it. Anything that helps us reduce landfill waste.”

14 August, 2020

MOS says:

“A number of waste disposal needs would remain unmet (other than via the tip). Including soft plastics, used batteries, e-waste, paint...”

13 August, 2020

Phocking says:

“Having a separate bin for soft plastics. Or more places to drop them. ”

13 August, 2020

giorgia says:

“Buyback model to recycle cans, plastic and glass bottles. More community gardens and worm farms in every suburb to process organic waste. ”

13 August, 2020

Talia says:

“It would be great if apartment blocks with private waste were required to have green bins and separated recycling too”

13 August, 2020

trash says:

“I visited Sicily 3 years ago in a village of 3000 population. They have a system similar to what Moreland is proposing. We are way behind.”

12 August, 2020

Rosacarbone says:

“We really can’t store anymore bins. Can you look at communal areas/local parks acting as collection points.”

12 August, 2020

ReduceWaste says:

“Why not a five bin system, with paper and cardboard separated from plastics and metals, like in Berlin? Communal glass bins work in London.”

12 August, 2020

ReduceWaste says:

“Container deposits are great when convenient, like the German system of returning glass and plassic bottles and aluminium cans to a machine.”

12 August, 2020

Jars says:

“We need to maintain weekly collection of waste. I am happy to stagger the recycling collection.”

12 August, 2020

amy_alexander says:

“Glass, plastic and can recycle deposits scheme is a better idea to 4 bins. ”

12 August, 2020

amy_alexander says:

“The idea is wonderful but isn't practical. A Scandinavian waste management way would be a better adoption. ”

12 August, 2020

gregrickard says:

“No space for 4 bins in most villa units. Not enough kerbside space for 16 bins from 4 units in my complex. No space for 4 communal bins. ”

12 August, 2020

Kathryn says:

“A street collection point for glass would be much more preferable to yet another bin hazard in a small street. Please no extra bin! No room ”

12 August, 2020

Kathryn says:

“I havent space for another bin, dont want to pay for one, and will never fill one. Theres no room on the street for another set of bin chaos”

12 August, 2020

chrismiddz says:

“Need a soft plastics bin or drop of point. Don't have lots of glass so bin will be a quite empty. Better plastics recycling. Drop off points”

12 August, 2020

rick_clarke says:

“Our recent townhouse already doesn't have suitable bin storage. Planning decisions made now must provide for adequate storage for four bins.”

12 August, 2020

vaitkin says:

“What are Council's costs to dispose of waste collected and how much does it receive for selling recyclable waste and from bin provision.”

12 August, 2020

TonyP says:

“More frequent green waste collection”

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