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Recycling and Waste Collection System Council Policy

Recycling and Waste Collection System Document No: CPL225.1
Approval Date: 26 April 2017
Approved By: Council
System Review Date: 26 April 2020
Responsible Officer: Manager Environment and Waste Services Version: 04
Authorising Officer: Chief Executive Officer


1. Purpose

To outline the principles and processes for the operation of Council’s kerbside residential recycling and waste collection system.


2. Scope

Applies to all properties with a residence that are charged the Waste Collection Charge.


3. References

Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014 – Part 1 and Clauses 29 to 31 Your Waste Collection


4. Definitions

  • Garbage - means all waste generated or accumulated in or on any residential premises, but excludes any substance designated by Council from time to time not to constitute Waste for the purposes of Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014;

  • Green Waste - means any substance which the Council designates from time to time as green waste material for the purposes of Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014;

  • Litterbin - means a receptacle provided by Council, or with authority of Council, in a road, a reserve or other public place, for use by the public in depositing small items of litter;

  • MGB – Mobile Garbage Bin, for Waste, Recycling or Green Waste;

  • Recyclables - means any substances or articles, which the Council designates from time to time to be recyclables Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014;

  • Residential - includes all tenements used for residential purposes in whole or in part, and any other premise designated by Council from time to time;

  • Tenement - means a building or part of a building in separate occupation which is, or is capable of being, rated separately by Council.


5. Council Policy

The City of Greater Geelong provides a standard recycling and waste collection system that utilises a three (3) bin kerbside service for recycling, green waste and garbage that use mobile bins provided by the City. There are options for variations to this standard service to meet specific requirements enabling a universal (whole of life) service to be provided to all residential properties.

The following are key principles of the system.

5.1. All residential properties (dwellings) within the Municipality be charged for a standard three mobile garbage bin (MGB) service in line with “the City’s Rating Strategy”.
5.2. The standard domestic recycling and waste collection system is a weekly 140 litre MGB service, a fortnightly fully commingled recycling 240-litre MGB service and a fortnightly green waste 240 litre MGB service.
5.3. The Recycling and Waste Collection System must utilise MGB’s supplied by the City. Reference Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law 2014 – Part 1 clause 29(1) (a).
5.4. The recycling, green waste and garbage collection bins are allocated to and remain with the property as part of the residential garbage, recycling and green waste collection service
5.5. A 120 litre MGB in lieu of 140-litre MGB can be provided to units to meet the specific needs of some residents for their garbage, recycling and green waste services.
5.6. Properties with flats or units may share a 240 litre bin for garbage, recycling and green waste. Each flat or unit entitled to a minimum equivalent capacity of 120 litres for garbage, recycling and green waste service of 120 litres per flat or unit per week.
5.7. Upon compliance with the conditions outlined in the “Guidelines for Provision of Additional Bins for Garbage, Recycling and Green Waste” a resident may be granted an Additional Garbage, Recycling or Green Waste bin or any combination thereof provided the appropriate Annual Service Charge for additional bins is paid. Additional bins are available and the property pays a Residential Waste Charge.

For new additional bin deliveries, the charge will be applied from the time of delivery and will become an Additional Waste Collection charge on their rates notice until the additional bins are returned. The Additional Bin charge is a full year charge for bins delivered before 31 December or a half yearly charge for bins delivered after 01 January for the current financial year.
5.8. Additional Green Waste bins will only become available when the Green Organics processing facility is constructed and operational.
5.9. That a review of the collection system be undertaken on an annual basis to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of residents and that feedback be provided to Manager Environment and Waste Services and General Manager City Services on the overall performance of the system.
  5.10. The body colour of the body of all residential MGB’s shall be dark green with lids coloured burgundy for garbage, yellow for recycling and nature green for green waste.
5.11. All residential MGB’s will be appropriately marked with;
  5.11.1. The City logo, a property address label and embossed marking to reflect type of bin and serial number;
  5.11.2. having stickers to denote an additional bin; and
  5.11.3. Stickers or embossing to provide information on contamination and type of material that can be placed in the MGB.
5.12. The rate notices to provide separate descriptions for the Residential Waste Charge and the Additional Bin Charge.
5.13. A Communication and Education Strategy be used to assist in the on-going operation of the system and to include:
  1. encouragement of responsible home composting;
  2. information on drop off points for extra recyclables and waste during seasonal peaks; and
  3. a communication and education program to promote the recycling of green waste and the positive impact on the environment.
5.14. All rural properties entitled to the standard domestic recycling and waste collection system service shall be entitled to green waste service regardless of property size.
5.15. Criteria for the provision of a Special Needs Service be developed and maintained in accordance with the principles of Council’s Disability Action Plan.
5.16. Opportunity be provided for other properties (e.g. schools, small commercial business premises within collection areas) to be included within fully commingled recycling and green waste collection service on a fee for service basis. This fee will be a “commercial bin collection charge” billed via accounts receivable.
5.17. Council reserves the right to remove Additional Recycling and Green Waste MGB’s where the additional bins contain ongoing and regular contamination.

6. Quality records

Quality Records shall be retained for at least the period shown below.

Record Retention/Disposal Responsibility Retention Period Location
Council Property Database for Residential Properties (refer Items 5.1, 5.4, 5.5 & 5.6) Finance Manager 7 years (that is: duration of collection contracts) Finance Department
File database for Additional Garbage and Recycling Services (refer Item 5.7) Finance Manager 7 years (that is: duration of collection contracts) Finance Department
File database for Special Needs Service (refer Item 5.15) Manager Environment & Waste Services 7 years (that is: duration of collection contracts) Waste Management Department


7. Attachments

  1. Guidelines for Provision of Additional Bins for Recycling, Garbage and Green waste.



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