Small bin confusion
YESTERDAY marked the start of the new weekly collection of the green bins and the trial run for their little bitty companion, the Kitchen Organics bin, but as the first truck rolled into the the Coffs Coast Waste Services centre, casualties of the new system were already evident.
The manager of Coffs Coast Waste Services, Neil Geddes, said that they had already found a fair amount of plastic in the waste, as well as a number of the Kitchen Organics bins.
"If people put the small bins in the green bins they go through the compactor in the trucks and get destroyed. Putting things like plastic, glass, and steel into the green bins is not good ? it all has to be sorted and removed by hand, and things do slip through," Mr Geddes said.
Contaminants that were found in the green bins included nappies, broken glass, plastic bags, garden pots, but the overall contamination rate was less than two per cent.
Over the past two weeks 18 of the kitchen waste bins were found in the green bins, and Coffs Coast Waste Services spokesperson Damon Leach said that it looked like some of the kitchen bins were deliberately thrown out.
"They were found in the green bins stacked together and had come from a block of units. It looks like people didn't want to use them. We have spent over $300,000 buying 40,000 of the Kitchen Organics bins, and we urge people who don't want their bin to contact us on 1800 265 495 rather than dispose of them," he said.
According to Mr Leach, some Park Beach residents were putting out the wrong bins for collection.
"People should look again at the calendar and the booklet that we gave out if they are confused about what bins to put out, or what can go in the different bins," he said.
On the first day of the new collection system, the Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Park processed 80 tonnes of green waste, with Mr Leach attributing a good proportion of the collection to Bellingen and Urunga residents who were trialling the green bins for the first time.