Waste not, compost more

Reduce waste: The mayor, Mark Greenhill, at Blaxland tip, where an upgrade includes a new recycling shed and a reuse centre.

Reduce waste: The mayor, Mark Greenhill, at Blaxland tip, where an upgrade includes a new recycling shed and a reuse centre.

Get in quick: Blue Mountains council is offering a deal on the next 200 compost bins it sells.

In a bid to encourage residents to reduce waste, the subsidised bins will cost $10 each, delivered.

The subsidy is part of council’s strategic plan to minimise waste and increase resource recovery.

A major step in the plan is the introduction of green bins, due to take place later this year, and the extensive upgrade at Blaxland’s Resource Recovery and Waste Management Facility.

Council anticipates the green bins will divert over 4,000 tonnes of green waste from landfill, and the new reuse shed at Blaxland tip will make recycling easier.

The mayor, Mark Greenhill, said the community had expressed a strong vision to reduce waste and to live sustainably.

“Together with the community, council is working hard to deliver that vision,” he said.

“I am heartened to see that in recent consultation, the majority of residents who responded chose to reduce the size of their garbage bin to the 140 litre bin. This indicates that residents recognise less garbage space will be needed when the new 240 litre green bins and larger recycling bins are introduced.”

To qualify for the $10 compost bin, residents should go to www.compostrevolution.com.au/bluemountains and do a quick quiz.

“Every individual effort to reduce waste has a lasting benefit... I would encourage residents who have not yet seen the waste-reducing benefits of composting to give it a go,” the mayor said.

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