Two wheelie bins may replace city split bins



GLADSTONE City Council will consider a two wheelie bin domestic waste system after a waste audit revealed the split bin system was not working as designed.

The audit of waste in Gladstone showed that a large percentage of recyclable material was being added to land fill, due to a lack of space for recycling.

A report into the audit was heard during the council's confidential session recently, with the decision to hear it behind closed doors based on its potential effects on the council's upcoming budget.

Council manager of environmental health Ron Doherty said the current split bin system did not provide enough room for effective recycling.

'If you get a pizza box or something in there (the recycling section) it doesn't leave much room for anything else,' he said.

Mr Doherty said it was no secret the split bin system did not work as desired, with the council to investigate a trial of two separate bins for the next financial year.

'The split bins, as everyone knows from the other research done across the state, just don't perform as well as they should,' he said.

'What basically came out of the report was that the average recycling was about 1.3kg (per house per week), but with best practice that should be up around 4kg.'

If the trial of two bins is successful they will be introduced in the 2006/07 financial year.



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