In 2015 almost 600 Ballarat residents gave their opinions on waste reduction and the potential of a greenwaste service for the municipality. Through 200 phone interviews and over 370 online reponses, the results were as follows :
Are you aware of Council strategy to reduce waste to landfill by 65%?
How often will my bin be collected? Bin will be collected fortnightly on alternate weeks to your recycling bin.
Where will the green waste be taken to? Green Waste will be taken for further processing at Mt Wallace, where it will be turned into a high grade compost.
Won’t it all just go to landfill? No. By separating the green waste from regular waste, landfill space requirements will be reduced. This will assist in the reduction of methane production and other greenhouse gases. Ultimately, this will reduce the long term cost of waste disposal for the community.
Can I put weeds in the bin? Won’t that just spread the weeds? Yes, weeds can be put in the green waste bin. Weeds do not survive processing at the Mt Wallace facility.
Can I put in food scraps? Why not? No. Requirements for processing food scraps is different from that of green waste and any food contaminants need to be removed prior to processing. This processing may ultimately increase the costs of processing green waste in the long term.
Can I put in dog poo/kitty litter? No. Processing for this type of matter requires different procedures. Contaminants such as this will create issues, as they ultimately end up back in farmers' soil.
Will I still get my transfer station voucher? Yes, for this year.
How will the green waste be processed? Green waste will be transported to a facility at Mt Wallace, where it will be processed into a high grade compost.
Can I buy back bags of the compost? The compost is sold to a private contractor in the agricultural industry
I am not getting the service at my property. Can I opt in? There will be no option to opt in during the first 12 months. The process will be reviewed during this period and any decision regarding opt in / opt out will be determined after that time.
Where do I take logs/large branches? Logs and large branches need to be taken to the transfer station at Gillies St South.
If the compost is sold, why do I have to pay for the service?
There are still costs associated with collection and transportation and so on. Compost sales don’t cover these costs and the full costs of processing. These costs are, however, cheaper than that of landfill, which in the long term will reduce the overall cost of waste removal to the community