The South Australian state government has welcomed the City of Onkaparinga Council’s vote to introduce fortnightly green organics waste collection services for its residents. The move now means that all metropolitan councils will, or have moved, towards fortnightly green bin collection, in a bid to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.
David Speirs, Minister for Environment and Water, said this move shows that South Australia is a national leader when it comes to waste management.
“South Australia has a proven history when it comes to waste management, recycling and resource recovery,” said Speirs.
“The vote from the Onkaparinga Council to move to fortnightly green bin collection will help divert more waste from landfill into composting facilities, which generates significant environmental and economic benefits for South Australia.
“Food and green organic waste make up almost half of the weight in our waste bins and I encourage all council areas to try and move more of this waste into their green organics bins.”
Currently, Onkaparinga Council diverts 44.7 per cent of all waste from landfill, whereas councils who have already implemented a two-weekly recycling and two-weekly organics collection services are achieving between 55-58 per cent diversion rates.
“Waste collection is one of the core responsibilities of local government and I have been working closely with Onkaparinga mayor Erin Thompson on this initiative and I commend her leadership,” Speirs added.
“Importantly, the council could become eligible to apply for state government funding under the Green Industries SA Kerbside Performance Incentives.
“This program can contribute up to $10 per household, which could provide the City of Onkaparinga significant funding to help with their waste management.
“The Marshall Liberal government is always looking at ways we can improve waste management, recycling and resource recovery and this move by the Onkaparinga Council is welcomed.”