The recent IPCC report is a reminder that we should all be doing what we can to minimise our environmental impact.
Rather than big picture, right now I wanted to focus on rubbish going to landfill.
I think it’s good that my local council, Glen Eira, have modified their rubbish collection. Since late July, the bin collection has been swapped around.
- Green (food and garden waste) – now once a week
- Yellow (most recycling) – every fortnight
- Red (other waste) – now every fortnight
I like this arrangement, in part because it takes me many weeks to get enough “red” waste to bother putting the bin out. This was the case even before my sons moved out.
Fortnightly general waste collection might have been challenging due to the many soft plastics that can’t go in the yellow bin. Thankfully there’s an industry program called Redcycle which takes many types of soft plastics back at supermarkets. (Hey, I’m going there anyway, and whatever I take can simply go inside another plastic bag.)
To my mind, this means that most types of waste have a place to go where they can avoid landfill.
Some people don’t seem to like new arrangement. (Hobsons Bay council made similar changes a while ago, and have just rolled them back.)
Leaving aside potential issues with smell from unwrapped food waste, particularly meat (the workaround is to keep it in the fridge until bin night) people seem concerned that they need more than one red bin collection a fortnight.
In Glen Eira, big families can get extra bins.
For everyone else if you’re worried, you may want to look carefully at the latest recycling options.
If I think about my kitchen bin, the one that gets emptied out to the general waste red bin, what actually goes in it? Not much. Most household waste is either food (green) or can be recycled – and the bin collection change has encouraged me to be more careful about this.
How are the rest of you adapting?