City of Holdfast Bay flips roadside collection service for red and green bins

An Adelaide council will switch its rubbish bin collection program, in a bid to encourage less waste going to landfill.

The Holdfast Bay Council, which encompasses the beachside suburbs of Glenelg, Brighton, Somerton Park and Seacliff, will start rolling out the change next month.

Red bins, for household rubbish, will be collected fortnightly while green bins, for food scraps and garden clippings, will be collected weekly.

Mayor Amanda Wilson said the change comes after an 18-month trial.

“know that many of our are greatly concerned by climate this is one of the easiest residents to change and she most effective ways of reducing emissions,” he said.

The red bin, the yellow bin and the green bin
Councils in other states, such as the City of Bunbury in Western Australia, have similar programs.(ABC South West: Jacqueline Lynch)

While many of the comments on social media were supportive of the change, some questioned how families with young children in nappies would handle the switch.

But council said households can opt to return to the old system, and also request a larger red bin if needed.

While the green bin will be emptied weekly, the yellow-lidded recycling bins will continue to be emptied fortnightly.

On their website, the council said local households already put 80 per cent of recycling in the correct bin, but only 30 per cent of food scraps were going into the green bin.

“Therefore a move to weekly FIRE [food organics garden organics] will have the biggest environmental benefit and create more jobs,” it said.


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