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Centralised bottle bank for all Warrnambool residents

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

All Warrnambool residents will be able to deposit household glass waste at Statewide Recycling from September 1.

“This one-stop service will replace the bottle banks we currently have at several locations around Warrnambool,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said.

“The bottle banks were regularly overflowing and it was difficult – and costly – to keep up with the demand.

“Council has negotiated a fair arrangement with Statewide which means that residents can drop their glass off at their Koroit Street depot opposite the dog park, with the cost already covered by the annual waste management charge.

“This arrangement will help reduce glass contamination of our recyclable material while we continue to roll out our separate glass collection service across the whole of Warrnambool.

“The glass collection service will go city-wide early next year after the successful glass collection trial involving about 3,400 households earlier this year.

“There are other positive changes to come on the recycling front over the next two years with the Victorian Government planning to introduce container deposit legislation in line with other states.

“As a city we have taken great strides in cutting the volume of waste going to landfill.

“The introduction of the FOGO (food organics, garden organics) collection resulted in 800 tonnes of food waste being diverted from landfill in 2019-2020.

“And road works just a couple of months ago in Walsh Road included a significant component of recycled glass.

“So a big well done to householders.

“The efforts people are making to sort their household waste brings about a huge environmental benefit and also allowed Council to cut the 2020-2021 waste management charge.

“It’s a great example of the “small actions, big difference” mantra of our long-term community plan, Warrnambool 2040.”

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