Recycling Bins

Principal Petitioner Yolande Campbell, Coorparoo
Date Closed Sun, 06 Nov 2016 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 56 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of recycling. 70% of a household's waste CAN be recycled; however Australians are only recycling about 50%. Queenslanders, in particular, send more waste to landfill than most other states of Australia. The benefits of recycling are countless; waste takes up space in landfill and results in soil and water contamination. In addition when we throw something out, we lose the natural resources, energy and time it took to make that product and these resources cannot go on indefinitely. Making products from recycled materials can consume up to 95% less energy and water. The biggest issue a resident faces is that even if he or she is recycling only 50% of their waste, recycling bins are emptied half as often as standard bins. Which means the recycling bin becomes full at the same rate as the standard bin but as it doesn’t get emptied as often and I am forced to put my recyclables into the standard trash, thereby adding to landfill and increasing energy and water consumption. Furthermore, residents of a unit complex only receive one bin per two units, finding themselves with an overflowing recycling bin long before an overflowing general waste bin within the current collection regime.

Your petitioners therefore request weekly collection of recycling bins.

Council response

Petition Reference: CA16/919484

Thank you for your petition regarding weekly recycling bin collection. It is good to hear about your passion for recycling and I too share your commitment to reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill to achieve Council’s vision of a clean, green city.

Research does show us that Brisbane residents are currently doing a great job at recycling. More than 91,000 tonnes of paper, cardboard, firm plastics and metal was recycled last year, however, there is still more that we can do.

One of Council’s recycling initiatives is to offer residents a larger recycling bin for households that have too much recycling to fit in the standard sized wheelie bin. This extra 100 litres of capacity can make a huge difference to the amount of recycling we recover, and is Council’s way of accommodating keen recyclers such as yourself, while maintaining bin collection services that offer best value for money for Brisbane residents.

Council’s four Resource Recovery Centres are located at Willawong, Chandler, Ferny Grove and Nudgee; these centres offer free recycling for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes registered gross vehicle mass (RGVM). Brisbane residents can recycle more for free and reduce waste sent to landfill.

Recent research indicates that only 11 per cent of residents have indicated their recycling bins are overflowing each fortnightly collection. Currently Council does not consider this sufficient to justify increasing the costs of servicing recycling bins across the city. Council’s primary consideration will be ensuring any new operations do not present additional costs for ratepayers, or otherwise negatively impact the effectiveness of our existing efficient recycling and waste systems.

You will be pleased to hear that Council is currently in the process of a major waste contract renewal project which will see all new contracts with contractors amended to best suit the needs of Brisbane and its residents.

Should you wish to discuss this matter further, please contact Ms Heidi Mathieson, Collection Contracts Manager, Waste and Resource Recovery Services, Field Services, Brisbane Infrastructure on (07) 3403 8888.