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Feedback will help refine glass collection service

News Article Date: 
Monday, 4 May 2020

Participants in Warrnambool’s glass collection trial will be asked to provide feedback on the service.
In March Council launched its trial of a fourth bin, solely for glass, involving 3,350 households.
“In terms of glass tonnage collected the trial has been a success and ahead of rolling the service out to all Warrnambool households we’ll seek feedback from those who have used the service over an eight-week period,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said.
“Early indications have been extremely encouraging. During April we collected 24.8 tonnes of glass which is a great result.
“As the trial has continued we’ve seen households improve the sorting of  their recyclables.
The survey on the glass collection will ask residents about the service, how it might be improved and how it impacted on the volumes of waste going into their other bins.
“The survey findings will help us to get the mix right in terms of how frequently we collect each bin.
“We will also weigh up the impact of Container Deposit legislation to be introduced in Victoria by the start of 2023.
“The willingness of Warrnambool residents to use the FOGO service and now a glass collection means we are a step ahead of new Victorian Government policy that will require councils to collect glass separately.
“Having already introduced a FOGO (food organics, garden organics) collection and now by separating our recyclables – paper, plastics and glass - we are reducing the volume of waste that ends up in landfill.
“In addition to the household glass collection the bottle banks around the city have been used with the bank at Bunnings in Warrnambool’s east particularly popular with people wanting to drop off glass bottles and jars.
 “This has been a positive response to concerns about climate change and the practice of exporting waste materials overseas. 
“The trial also responds to the Council plan, the W2040 plan and Council’s Green Plan.
“Congratulations to all those involved in the trial and is yet another example of Warrnambool residents caring for our environment and the city.“   


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