What do you think would help Coasties reduce the amount of waste destined for landfill?

9 months ago
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  • Peppercat28 9 months ago
    Have e-waste curb side pick up recycling days a few times a year. Create a local e-waste recycling centre to create more jobs on the coast and recapture the rare minerals lost in e-waste. Just heard that China is threatening to restrict its rare minerals supply. If all local councils did similarly This might reduce our reliance on other countries for essential materials.
  • Jandrews 9 months ago
    More recycling bins in reserves/parks, Instead of just red bins. Heavier fines for littering, and reduce the amount of things covered and packaged in plastic.
  • M 9 months ago
    I'd love for it to be more transparent about what happens to specific streams of waste - what happens to glass? Where is the plastic going? Around Australia less than one percent of glass is being recycled when it could simply be crushed down and used in concrete rather than virgin quarried sand. Hume city council has been one of the first to trial 'plastiphalt,' road base created from old plastic and glass. With all the new road development eg around Lisarow, the Central Coast council could use items previously destined for landfill to create new road base. https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/on-the-road-to-tackling-australia-s-waste-crisis-20180802-p4zv68.html
  • Idea's Man 9 months ago
    Household waste used to create electricity power. Decommissioned Munmorah power station could be operational again. Copy the link below https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/21/climate/sweden-garbage-used-for-fuel.html
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    • Adamada 9 months ago
      100% agree we should be doing this.
  • joe hester 9 months ago
    Dear ManagementMaking sure the proper things go in the proper bins if in recycling bins make sure their clean products, if their are residents that constantly put wrong things in bin fine them $550 , $500 towards environmental projects and $50 towards catching people doing the thing with bins, also source companies locally that could do something new with certain recyclables such as turn them in to road surface, furniture or many other options that we all could discuss. all greenery should be recycled to public gardens after being mulched.Thank you for your time and consideration.Kind RegardsJoseph Hester
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    • Adamada 9 months ago
      how could you possibly know who’s done the wrong thing, do you expect the driver to get out and search every bin? Plus do you really want a $550 fine when your neighbours chuck a bag of rubbish in your bin?
  • Peppercat28 9 months ago
    Installation of water fountains throughout the coast to encourage people to refill their reusable water bottles and discourage buying bottled water.
  • Kaz 9 months ago
    having foodscraps recycled via the green bin collections
  • T 9 months ago
    https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/sweden-s-recycling-is-so-revolutionary-the-country-has-run-out-of-rubbish-a7462976.html Maybe we could give this a try.Also Melbourne has smaller household bins we could try that here, and also more “clean up” days for people to get more proactive and involved.
  • Robonabushblock 9 months ago
    I would like Council to open/support a recycle/re-use operation like the "Green Shed" at Mitchell in Canberra.
  • Rhiannon 9 months ago
    1. Change recycling contractors so that what can be recycled is less confusing and increase in variety. For instance...the current contractor does not recycle PET containers whereas the ones at Port Stephens council do. So I have to send my PET containers to my Dad's house so they get recycled as I can't bear the fact that they go into landfill here! With the increase in vegan diets and people consuming more plant based milks (which come in these PET containers) it seems ridiculous that we do not recycle these.2. Put in place a Food Scraps bin so that food waste can be recycled.
  • wishingforagreenerplanet 9 months ago
    Any possibility of special e waste collections as not everyone is able to go out to the tip to drop off their old TV's etc.Would love to see the 'tip' shop back.Repair sheds.For those that don't have access to compost bins, worms farms, chickens to get rid of their food scraps, utilizing the green bin or setting up composting spaces.Education around food waste. Change to manufacturing practises to reduce food waste.More access to imperfect picks.Reduce packaging so we don't have to bring it home in the first place.Ongoing Education and more Education.
  • JessLee 9 months ago
    I’ll add another to the many comments about being able to put food scraps into the green bin. I recently visited friends in Port Macquarie and was impressed by their set up (Port Macquarie-Hastings Council). Their Green lid bin is collected every week and is for organic matter such as food waste including meat, bones, serviettes and seafood and garden waste (weeds, prunings, flowers, leaves) . The contents of your green bin are converted into compost at our Organics Resources Facility. You can help reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill and the associated problems including greenhouse gas emissions, contaminated liquids and decreasing landfill space.You can get a FREE small kitchen tidy bin from Council to put your food scraps in. The kitchen tidy bin and cornstarch bag system makes it easier to place all your food scraps into the green bin.
  • greggreaves 9 months ago
    Also would be great if men’s sheds could repair small electrical appliances for free or a donation which would otherwise get tossed out. I assume that restrictive insurance issues would prevent this from happening but nothing a waiver form couldn’t sort out.
  • Suz 9 months ago
    Ban single use coffee cups. They are being put in the recycling bins and they are not recyclable but users think they are doing an ok thing. If they aren't there you can't use them. You will remember your keep cup or find the time to sit and drink from a real cup. Some Coffee shops have a bunch of cups for people to borrow.
  • greggreaves 9 months ago
    We need more coffee pod recycling points as there is only two on the coast. We also need somewhere to drop off food scraps for composting. My local community garden accepts food scraps but it’s opening hours don’t allow me to contribute.
  • elizabeth123 9 months ago
    I'd love to see the composting green bin system that Newcastle has rolled out implemented on the coast. Please please please!!!
  • Kiarne 9 months ago
    Allowing us to put vegetable scraps in the green bin. Some councils allow it, ours doesnt. So much goes into red bin when really it should break down like grass and be fine for green bin.Or an alternative for food scraps (vegetable cuttings etc)
  • Suz 9 months ago
    Promote REDcycling. It is surprising how any people believe this collection is for single use shopping bags only. There are so many more soft plastics that can go into this collection e.g. cereal bags, onion bags,baby food squeeze sachets,chip packets. All details are on recycle.net.au Redcycle deserves more publicity
  • J 9 months ago
    Red bins need to be collected every week as there are a lot of parents who use disposable nappies for their babies and will continue to use them as it is easier and quicker for parents. Bigger bins are needed if they are emptied fortnightly. And have you thought about the vermon being attracted to rubbish being left for long periods of time? Do you want to cause another Black Plague?
  • meganjoy42 9 months ago
    I would like to ask those recommending that something be done in schools if they are aware of the fine work already being done in schools. Many now have food gardens, waste programs, waste education etc etc. The problem is that no matter what happens at school, if it isn't supported by what happens at home then it has no impact. It's the adults we need to reach.I would love to see Council introduce something like the Swedish shopping centre that is filled entirely with artists and crafts people that reclaim, repurpose, recover, reimagine and recycle huge amounts of waste. The shopping centre is located right next door to a waste collection facility where the workers come to know the artisans and look for things they might like. The good news is we already have two vacant shopping centres; one at Gosford and one at Tuggerah. I don't think there's any room in Gosford for a waste collection facility but Tuggerah has possibilities. I also think supporting community gardens can have an impact on the waste stream because as well as people taking home fresh produce without any wrapping, they are great places to learn composting, hugelkultur and using worms to process waste (hint: worm hotels are much better than worm farms). It would be worth providing the existing network with funding to relieve their water and electricity costs and to cover any rental on the land they use. Of course, community gardens are also wonderful for people's physical and mental health so there's an added benefit. The Coast also now has a number of Produce Swap/Share events held regularly. These encourage people to share excess home grown produce. Many are also 'plastic free' or low waste events. Supporting the spread of this type of event would be worthwhile. Some places in Australia have set days for street collections so that people can roam each other's stuff before it's collected. I think combining this with scheduled pick ups could reduce land fill, particularly if the days were well advertised and rotated from suburb to suburb. Maybe brand it in a way that encourages people to declutter and share rather than linking it to waste and rubbish. This is different to the 'garage sale trail' (which is also great) because it's all given away for free. Maybe call it a 'freecycle day'? Put out your stuff and let other people take it and Council undertake to collect anything that's left. The Boomerang Bags team are doing a great job of making reusable bags for shops and supporting their efforts would be worthwhile. As well as reducing plastic waste they are keeping fabric out of the waste stream because everything is made from old sheets, quilt covers and fabric waste. Providing them with funding for more equipment would boost their productivity. The current short course on offer by Council include some great stuff; permaculture, composting and worm farming etc. and there is scope for more of these. Consider adding a course in hugelkultur because this technique is a great way to get rid of green waste and turn it into topsoil. There are lots of other more recently developed methods, mostly in the regenerative farming and permaculture communities, that would be worth considering. Link the courses to places that have community gardens where possible so that people have the opportunity to return and practice what they learn.Council should consider switching to organically approved herbicides rather than glyphosate. There are now a few different options on the market (I like 'bioweed'): As well as minimising the health risks to Council staff that currently use glyphosate you would be setting and example for others to use organic products. This has an impact on soils, particularly their capacity to support worms and to decompose waste materials. A campaign to buy on quality and not on price might be worth considering. One of the greatest contributors to waste is cheap items that break within 12 months of purchase. "The cheapest solution never is." There is now at least one web site established by someone that wants to promote quality over low cost. Certainly anything that encourages people to buy once and keep for a long time will reduce waste. Tool libraries have become a great way for communities to share items rather than everyone buying one of their own. This saves people money and also reduces waste. Libraries where people pay a small fee seem to have better longevity because there are funds for sharpening and repairs. Perhaps these could be an extension of the Men's Shed movement, if they were willing, with people encouraged to drop off any hardware items they didn't want to be used either by the Men's Shed or given away to those that want them. This would encourage more people to interact with Men's Sheds, provide them with free resources and provide free hardware items to the community. Adding a tool library would mean the tools were available to both the community and the shed members.Businesses need some kind of incentive to reduce waste and some kind of an incentive plan might be possible. Perhaps a reduction in Council charges if they get waste below a certain level? Certainly space on the Council site for promoting businesses that make a commitment to a specified level of waste reduction seems worthwhile. Perhaps Council could develop a low waste rating with a badge that stores can display, although I appreciate that the auditing might be cost prohibitive. It might be easier to set up a forum where businesses simply post their achievements and consumers decide.Clothing waste is a huge contributor to the waste stream and the solution to 'dumpster fashion' is difficult to imagine. Perhaps a fashion blog for people that op-shop? Clothing share days? Mending cafes? Repair cafes have sprung up in other areas and are a great way to encourage people to fix things rather than throwing them away. There is an opportunity for Council to either host these (perhaps through community centres?) or to encourage them in some way. The challenge is finding suitably qualified people to carry out the repairs and in other areas, canvassing retirement villages has been a great way to identify skilled people with the time to help the community. It might even be possible to locate the repair cafes within the villages if management is willing. This would provide retired tradespeople with a satisfying volunteering opportunity while interacting with grateful younger people. Once again, the benefits go beyond just waste diversion. These are just a few ideas that I hope are useful. I would also like to applaud Council's recent announcement that they are going to use recycled waste to resurface roads. What a great initiative. Finding more ways to repurpose things will definitely make a difference. Perhaps we need an annual competition with a cash prize targeted at local industry?
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    • meganjoy42 9 months ago
      Sorry that this is all one long post! I did set it out with gaps between the paragraphs to make it easier to read but apparently the site knows better. :D
    • Billy 9 months ago
      meganjoy42 for Mayor!
    • HarryKwong 9 months ago
      Re: throwing out repairable goods. Apparently, in France, manufacturers are required to keep spare parts/ instruction books for goods sold up to 5 yrs ago. Also, businesses that repair 'broken' goods do not have to charge GST. this is the type of structural encouragement that Council may pursue with State/Federal Govt.
  • kapinya 9 months ago
    Join the bio-revolution with bioenergy Australia (bioenergyaustralia.org.au) to reuse and recycle our waste into energy from biomass/biogas. Apply funding for this renewable energy project from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (arena.gov.au). Find solution to use our landfill instead of shipping them to China or asking more money from ratepayers (possible fee increase) for our waste management.
  • Kattier 9 months ago
    I want a tip shop back there is so much second hand stuff being wasted by not having them.
  • Marilou 9 months ago
    It would be so good to have organics (food scraps) recycling on the coast. I look after a building in Sydney wherefood waste is sent to Earthpower to be converted to nutrient rich fertiliser and green energy.
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    • Kattier 9 months ago
      Sounds brilliant I really want something like this
  • Kattier 9 months ago
    I want a compost bin and the ability to put food waste in the green bin to reduce things going into the red bin
  • AliDan 9 months ago
    Has anyone or council considered small rebates to parents that use cloth nappies instead of disposable nappies? Per year, per child up to 3000 disposable nappies are sent to landfill that take hundreds of years to break down. Other councils in other states have rebates for families that use cloth.I used old school terry cloth with my first child but for my second chose disposable. Now with my third I am using modern cloth nappies and they are so easy to use, clean and look after. There hasn’t been an increase in my water from additional washing. I have converted the two daycare centres my child goes to to cloth, they love them. If there was more information available for expecting parents or parents curious about cloth we could significantly reduce the amount of disposables filling our landfill and taking decades to break down. Thank you for listening!
  • Reggie 9 months ago
    Re Waste, have you thought of using some of the dis used coal mines. Methane gas needs to be released of course or stored to be put to use.Just a thought before the area becomes one big 'Sink hole'!
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    • Idea's Man 9 months ago
      The disused coal mines could be used for underground cabling (eg:- Cable TV,Electricity power lines,NBN telecommunication cables,Very Fast Train railtracks,Australia Post internal-mail/freight service).
  • breaelrick 9 months ago
    I personally believe every household should have a compost bin. I believe the community needs to be better educated on how and what waste goes where, and more exposure of REDcycle which I only just noticed myself recently. Soft plastics are a big issue and I feel as if this should be addressed first and foremost as most people would throw their soft plastics straight in the garbage bin. I feel as if there should be more emphasis on reusing items/fixing over recycling or so simply throwing everything away.
  • Idea's Man 9 months ago
    An idea following on from Billy's comment dated 1/06/2019 about kerbside collection. A lot of useable items from kerbside collections can be sent to a large local unused warehouse for resale or given away for free,as a lot of local Charitable organisations have been known to be knocking back donated items that can be used again which are in perfect order (eg furniture,household items etc). A large disused warehouse can be run by volunteers or paid staff if financially viable where reusable items can be purchased or given away for free to those in need. LJRobbo's comment dated 1/06/2019 suggesting the Central Coast having own REDcycle recycling program that recycles soft plastics into sustainable items to produce park benches,conservation park signage and a lot more. Products could be made for children's playgrounds instead of Council paying out thousands of dollars for such equipment where some local playgrounds have been rebuilt and most playgrounds in the Central Coast shire can be rejuvenated again with modern equipment made from recycled materials that can be produced at a local REDcycle centre if one was to be operational in the Central Coast shire. A local REDcycle centre on the Coast would create jobs if financially viable or be controlled by volunteers who would give up their time for such a worthy cause by contributing to the community with their kindest efforts. Instead of Council wasting millions of dollars of ratepayer's money,the Council could put ratepayers money into starting a local REDcycle centre where all of the residents will benefit in helping out the environment and the community as a whole.
  • LJRobbo 9 months ago
    Hi there,Hoping consideration could be given for our Central Coast Ratepayers to have more insight into REDcycle - https://www.redcycle.net.au/. A Melbourne based consulting and recycling program that recycles soft plastics and uses the recycled plastic to make sustainable items such as park benches, conservation park signage and a lot more.I stumbled upon this recycling option through a colleague at work who leaves a bucket in the kitchen with a list of what type of soft plastics can be recycled, then takes the soft plastics to the collection points which are found at Woolworths or Coles.The amount of soft plastics that I know recycle (along with my general recycling I place in my bins at home) has dramatically decreased the amount of general waste from my family home.REDcycle - please review the website, and consider if there could be any innovative options tapping into it that we could do as a community to help make our beautiful Central Coast even more beautiful.
  • NikkiE 9 months ago
    Adopt a system as practised by Lake Macquarie Council to have kitchen scraps collected in biodegradable bags and put into the green bin, to eventually become garden compost.
  • Billy 9 months ago
    Many Coasties just don't seem to care. My neighbour puts out overflowing bins every week and a mountain of stuff for kerbside collection every 2 months, much of which is in perfectly good order: furniture, kids plastic toys, household items. The modern attitude seems to be use once and throw away - even with clothes and furniture. Changing attitudes/culture can be difficult.
  • Billy 9 months ago
    Open a mattress recycling depot on the Coast. Provides jobs and helps keep mattresses from landfill.
  • Gareth 9 months ago
    Completely understand the requirement to removing food waste from the general rubbish. However, at the moment, with a standard household (2 adults, 2 kids) the general rubbish (red) bin is already at capacity. Most weeks we have to store an extra bag to go in the follow week's collection. And endless cycle. The proposals to reduce them in size or to reduce the collection days is ludicrous. It will just lead to further non-recyclables going into recycling bins and/or the green waste bins. Perhaps a better use of the food waste is to provide (subsidised) an option for composting of food or similar.
  • Stotty 9 months ago
    The Government needs to fund properly run Recycling Centres, not just leaving the problems with the Local Councils. This is a national issue, not just local. Whether Government, Local Council or Privately Run, the legislation of the EPA is far too stringent, lengthy, expensive for anybody to set up such an operation. The EPA also seem to pocket a huge portion of the tip fees at Buttonderry and Woy Woy Tips, currently $140 per ton or approx 40% of the Council charge, surely they should be opening or assisting to open proper Recycling Centres.
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    • Sheridan 9 months ago
      100 %They need to approach it nationally > state > local not the other way round. What we’re paying here on the central coast is hundreds of dollars more than other states
  • 9 months ago
    We need to look at the supply chain - there's too much packaging and wrapping .Manufacturers should be forced by legislation ( if necessary) to stop selling e.g. White goods in lots of cardboard and polystyrene. Chemists and others should not wrap or bag an item which already is in a packet or box. Pizza boxes are another.STOP THE RUBBISH AT THE SOURCE rather than trying to deal with it at the final stage
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    • Sheridan 9 months ago
      Promote the use of reusable products such as drink bottles, coffee cups, lunch boxes, bags
  • Gauri 9 months ago
    If 32% of general waste is food, then it would make sense to targeting this through education on composting that would reduce landfill, methane and improve soil. Perhaps some investment in communal composting systems could help.
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    • Sheridan 9 months ago
      Communal composting is a sensational idea! If this was an option that you could potentially get cafes / restaurants involved in too - research and present what the cost save would be from reducing their commercial waste removal costs. For the general public Incentivise it the use of (reduced waste components of rates)
  • Suz 9 months ago
    Have a look at terracycle.com.au Council has collections in libraries for light bulbs and batteries. The terracycle collection boxes are not easily accessible to many people but if they were in libraries and Council foyers more people would save their items for terracycle and reduce landfill. Pens and Markers, Stationary, Mailroom, Aluminium coffee pods , Cosmetic packaging, Dental care are just some of the boxes from terracycle that cater for items we cannot put in the yellow bins.
  • WeNeedATipShop 9 months ago
    We need a tip shop! There are so many items thrown away that could be sold instead. I know a lot of people who would love to have that facility available, let’s do it!
  • Chicken 9 months ago
    Investigate working with Teracycle programs across the coast. https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigadesWoy Woy Peninsula Community Garden are considering running an Oral Care Recycling program to include schools, community centres etc across the coast in the coming months. The idea is still in the pipeline. It would be good if council could back up this type of recycling program in collaboration with teracycle and possibly the garden.Also review Compost a Pak products https://compostapak.com.au/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuLPnBRDjARIsACDzGL3x3AWm_tRuHvCC8VHleDmOzVg6FgPO6WGYnwvDhohgMTM-YDRx5e8aAoELEALw_wcBThey break down and are good for food waste rather than plastic bags. Other councils (Penrith, Lake Macquarie) have these bags and they can be put in green bins. I understand the current contractor for green waste on the central coast could not handle an influx of these bags. Perhaps it’s time to review where green waste is taken on the coast.
  • rc 9 months ago
    Thank you for asking for submissions. I hope CCC will appoint someone to really work on all these ideas. There are many ways Council could reduce waste, generate income and provide employment and training and become an innovator and educator for other communities. Junkastic shops or tip shops; compost made on site from food scraps, green waste and seaweed; plastics chopped up and converted into garden furniture etc (a men’s shed in Victoria does this); training community groups to make community gardens with proper compost facilities; offering roadside pickups or vouchers for six tip runs so all residents are catered for. Kimbriki in northern beaches is a brilliant concept. Repair shops where people can repair faulty household equipment or have it repaired are great too. It’s vital council promotes re-use, reduce, recycle.
  • Chantell Williams 9 months ago
    I have also directly asked Council in the past about food scraps and composting- allowing us to place them in our normal green bin like other councils do. Why doesn’t council highlight soft plastic recycling through the redcycle campaign? That would also divert from landfill. Education would be useful- it’s not just about you, it’s about us, as a community. Our home, our world. We don’t have another Earth, this is it.
  • NarelleRich 9 months ago
    I have raised the issue of food waste recycling with Council before. I cannot believe we do not have it on the Central Coast. It is a must today to reduce what is sent to landfill.
  • Andy47 9 months ago
    Local composting is key to removing food waste from landfill.. check out Waverley council local composting services Compost Revolution as an example. These should be paired with vastly increased and financially supported community gardening projects. !!Set up a community compost bin or project for your street, school, business or buildingFor community compost bins: Make a list of people interested in using it, take a photo of where you’d like the bins to go, then email them to your Compost REvolution Program Manager. The Compost Revolution program can provide bins, training and support for you and your group or business.For businesses: Email us or call 9083 8112, and we may be able to offer consultancy and resources, depending on your situation.For schools: Up to four discounted compost bins or wormfarms are available per school once you complete the online tutorial and quizThis external link will open in a new window. For larger scale community composting projects, please email us or call 9083 8112.Check out sharewaste.comThis external link will open in a new window if you want to use share a compost bin with your neighbours.
  • John Teirney 9 months ago
    Check out the Resource Management Centres in Canberra. There is one at Mugga Lane and the other in Mitchell. They offer complete waste disposal and recycling, mostly free of charge. Their "Green Shed" is where recyclable goods are available to the public at very low costs. It is an amazing complex. To have something similar on the Central Coast would reduce landfill and be of benefit to ratepayers and residents
  • daniel McLoughlin 9 months ago
    How about diverting food scraps and green bin waste to compost bins at schools and community centres. The schools are tasked with educating children on the merits or recycling and a regional competition is launched for participating schools/centres for the best crops grown from the compost? Schools could even sell compost or grown crops to the community. Wins for not going to landfill, wins for education opportunities & gamification of the problem, wins for increased awareness across the community.
  • Jock Grieve 9 months ago
    Have more recycling bins in supermarket & council car parks - make it compulsory - make it easy - make it clear - bins for plastic, glass, paper, metal, [food - maybe not for health/vermin reasons], general
  • bianca8126 9 months ago
    I would like to see Central Coast Council purchase products made of recyclable materials such as picnic tables from Replas. I would like to see Mangrove Mountain Landfill shut down. I too live on the western side of the M1. We also get told that we need to manage all of our green waste ourselves as we have no green bin. However as mentioned previously in this discussion, we are limited on the amount and times of year we can burn our waste. A better system needs to be in place for the Western half of the coast. I would also like to see more E-waste cleanout days. LAstly, I work in a community pharmacy on the coast - very few people know that you need to dispose of household medicines at a community pharmacy to ensure that they do not damage our environment or pose a threat to human health. This is called the RUM project. This needs to be better advertised. There should also be more locations which accept sharps bins for disposal to ensure no medical waste poses a human health risk.
  • LeeB 9 months ago
    Provide more prominent disposal re handling options for soft plastic waste ie, chip packets, plastic bags, bread bags, cheese packeys etc - essentially anything that can be squished in one hand. There is a company in Victoria called Replas which will turn soft plstic waste into sustainable & efficient park walk ways, safety bollards, park, school or community seating. So, so much better than throwing out. Coles have a bin where you can deposit these items in, but councils need to be on board to facilitate this process.
  • sallyjope 9 months ago
    put food scraps and waste into the green bin and pick up weeklyEncourage the recycling of soft scrunchable plastics and purchase from Replas, products made from this plasticExplore industry and job creation by developing a proper recycling facility in the region.CCC should be looking into the possibilities of Biogas plants to process organic waste from households and restaurants.Suppliers need to be held accountable for the waste they provide - we don't need the copious plastic provided we could have bio-degradable refill options instead of the throw out packaging. Extend current recycling to include tetra paks and plastic meat packagingDevelop Bower type centre on CC to reduce hard waste and reuse it https://bower.org.au/incentivise households to have fortnightly red bin pick ups and for households to reduce red bin contents
  • Cardi 9 months ago
    We need to take the same action as Newcastle and Sydney councils have. With the huge amount of food waste being put into the red bin we can reduce this by TONNES like other councils have by allowing us to put food scraps and waste into the green bin. Other councils have had HUGE success, we need to follow their lead.
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    • Cardi 9 months ago
      We also need to look into a proper recycling facility. As even putting things in the recycling bin does NOT promise that it will be recycled, with majority of our recycling being put in with landfill.
  • Jac 9 months ago
    Availability to put fruit and veg scrap into our green bins. Like our friends up north in Newcastle
  • Madi 9 months ago
    We need a compost solution for food scraps so the don't go in the red bin. Small compost bins provided by the council or putting them in the green bin and only picking up the red bin once every two weeks
  • Michael H 9 months ago
    CCC should be looking into the possibilities of Biogas plants to process organic waste from households and restaurants. Biogas as an output from processing organic waste can be used as a direct replacement for natural gas to be used for energy production, heating, cooling etc. Adding another option for organic waste collection weekly to be processed could further reduce landfill and provide a benefit in Biofuel as well. See what is being done in Denmark to become waste free. https://stateofgreen.com/en/partners/ministry-of-environment-and-food/solutions/93531/
  • Renee Wilson 9 months ago
    Provide more options for what can be recycled. The supermarkets all take soft plastics, council should too. Allow food scraps into the green bins and then take the green bin weekly, not the red one
  • Amanda50 9 months ago
    Suppliers need to be held accountable for the waste they provide - we don't need the copious plastic provided we could have bio-degradable refill options instead of the throw out packaging. Packaging needs to be made either biodegradable or made up of 80% recycled materials. I don't agree with ratepayers being slugged more because council has been slow to react & Suppliers are not being held accountable
  • Erica low 9 months ago
    Every house could be supplied with a small mulcher for food waste to be recycled into soil.
  • Lynda Hendrix 9 months ago
    Make supermarket chains get rid of their own waste. It is disgusting that they got rid of their plastic shopping bags only to make us pay for them anyway. A $$$ ploy. If they are responsible for their own waste they could give shelf priority to those using alternative wrapping. Go back to paper and wax. Now we don’t need more trees to be cut down but HEMP which is industrial could be used in so many ways. Paper can be made out of hemp, so can lots of things, housing, clothing, furniture among a few. Create more jobs as well. All these comments are great about worm farms ect but it also needs to be stopped in the first instance, the manufacturer’s but sadly we are only talking about the Central Coast. Everyone should be using rain water tanks including rentals. We need to prepare in times of drought. We could recycle soft plastics. Healthy people that are on benefits could be helping with cleaning up our beaches, roadways, vandalism or recycling and they get incentives like extra $$$. Also teach in schools. I see blatant disregard for leaving rubbish around, cigarette buts...there should be large fines for that. Ban chewing gum.....it doesn’t break down. In some Counties it is banned. Form groups from the community to help.
  • Geoffrey J Probyn 10 months ago
    I have written to you many times before espousing the value of the ACT's Revolve program which I think would not only save valuable space in landfill but provide employment opportunities and resale of furniture, hardware, paint (yes even half used tins) plus a host of other things that people throw out. It would take too long to go into the full advantages of REVOLVE but I would urge Council to at least explore the idea with the ACT Government. Revolve has been going in the ACT now for over 20 successful years. Perhaps someone might at least reply to my suggestion.
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    • frantic 10 months ago
      I hadn't heard of this in ACT but makes a lot of sense.
    • meganjoy42 9 months ago
      For those of us unfamiliar with this program would you be able to post a description? It sounds promising.
  • M Simpson 10 months ago
    Food scraps accepted in the green bin, such as Penrith city council. Free compost bins and training is great, but in reality it takes a lot of time and effort to run a successful compost bin. We need an easier way to keep scraps out of the red bin.
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    • frantic 10 months ago
      Food scraps can be used without compost bin - bury upright PVC pipe in garden and tip food into it, put on lid. Worms will come underneath and dispose of food and you will have worms for the garden. Also works for trenches if you don't have a dog to dig it up.
    • meganjoy42 9 months ago
      A worm hotel would be a better system if you don't have the time for composting; get a plastic bin with a clip lock lid and drill some large holes in the bottom. Bury the base about 20cm below the soil. Put some wet newspaper or coir in the base and some compost worms (available from the hardware store but ask around your neighbours and you might get some for free). Now you just tip your household waste into the top and the worms eat it. The liquids go out the bottom and earth worms come and visit your 'hotel' and carry nutrients out into your soil. It's helpful to add a couple of sheets of wet newspaper from time to time to keep it all moist, and to make sure you fill whatever container holds your food waste with water before you empty it into the hotel. If your hotel ever gets full to the top, just start another one. By the time the second one is full, the first one will be pretty much empty, but most people only need one that's big enough for their household. These things are virtually a bottomless pit and don't need the turning and spreading of a compost pile.
  • Spike 10 months ago
    We moved from Woongarrah to Jilliby. This meant we lost our green waste bin as we are west of the M1. Since our move, we have battled with significant quantities of leaf matter and sticks from the gum trees on our property. When I enquired about our lack of green waste options, I was told to burn them. Problem is, I cannot burn anything during the summer months and trying to burn mass piles of leaves is very difficult. I have resorted to using my bulk waste collections to dispose of this waste but then it goes to land full because it’s in plastic bags. I would like a green waste bin so I can ‘recycle’ this waste. Alternatively to a bin, I would like to see council offer free drop off of garden waste at Buttonderry for composting seeing they make money from the end product.Secondly, I’m not a fan of the bulk kerbside collection. People in our street put waste out and don’t organise its collection. We then end up with piles of unsightly waste sitting road side for months. I’d prefer to see council offer 6 free trips to the tip like Cessnock council do. I like at the end of a private lane. So for my kerbside pickups, I need to load my waste into the trailer, tow it the roadside, then unload it for collection. Whilst it’s in the trailer, I’d prefer to continue to the tip and dump it for free. This will save the the collection truck from making the trip all the way to our street for one collection. It seems very inefficient. Alternatively, like Hornsby council, all bulk pick ups are done at the same time per area. More efficient for the collection crew, terrible though for the look of the street
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    • meganjoy42 9 months ago
      Can't imagine why you were told to burn them! Why hasn't anyone on Council been provided to show you how to use hugelkultur or a large composting system. This would build your topsoil, improve the water retention on your land and reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation. It would also sequester significant amounts of carbon in your soil. Every time we put stuff in our green bin we are exporting energy from our land. If we process it on site we return that energy to the soil. We are on three and a half acres and never put our green bin out. I converted it to a giant worm hotel by drilling holes in the base. It sits on the soil and waste goes in the top. Compost worms live in the bin and earth worms come up through the base and carry nutrients away. Of course, I could still use it as a green bin if I wanted to, but why would I want to. All our large green waste gets put into hugelkultur mounds, or processed in hugelkultur trenches, depending upon whether we want a mound to divert water or not. There's lots of great videos online about how to use this method.
  • Pam M 9 months ago
    I agree with Tash. Education is the key. Schools are a great way to start the education. Have incentives for students to get involved in waste reduduction. The community needs to realise that they need to reduce their use of packaging. They need to think about a way to grow their own vegetables or buy their fruit, vegetables and meat without any packaging. Buy products that don’t use plastic etc. Council could start a competition between schools. For example: which school can reduce the most waste in a term. Values need to be changed. Students will teach their parents. More advertising in the community is needed. Advertise the need for Waste reduction in shopping centres, at the movies etc. Get shops and businesses on board. Provide incentives for them to reduce waste.If packaging isn’t bought in the first place not as much waste will go to the landfill nor the recycle bins be as contaminated.REDUCE PACKAGING REDUCE WASTE
  • Tash 9 months ago
    Get the education and action in all schools, could you imagine if all schools had a compost? Or worm farms? Even worm farm towers re-using PVC piping and a plant pot. Run an educational work shop at each school and then the schools can run a fundraiser to buy themselves an Airo-compost if they’re worried about smell or children accessing it. Or even to buy some worm farms. They can then encourage children to bring in nude foods and ask that they place all good scraps into the worm farms or compost using visuals as to what they can or cannot add to it. This is a very basic yet very successful way to not only reduce our waste but also to educate the children to a more sustainable future :) Even childcare centres can get on board. The one I work at have chickens, worm farms and plant our own food. We upcycle our furniture, have solar panels and participate in earth hour every single day. We have cloth nappies that we supply and wipes, instead of disposables. ITs really not that hard.
  • KRIS 9 months ago
    Stop the waste going to the land in the first place. Develop commercial facilities to burn any sort of rubbish where filters do the job the recover toxic particulars and use it to build roads and infrastructure.
  • M 9 months ago
    A great way to reduce landfills and provide much needed power on the coast would be to develop a waste to energy facility.
  • Sustainability activist 9 months ago
    Incentives for reducing waste in each household. Putting red bins out fortnightly instead of weekly. Recycle bins take priority over landfill bins. Council to open "Green Shed" sites for public to purchase household goods from kerbside collections. More education opportunities for Preschools and primary schools. Make sustainability a focus in homes and schools. Permaculture workshops. Bring back council nurseries and include bush tucker plants.
  • Pacific Hwy Resident 9 months ago
    I live on the highway which makes curb side pickup a challenge. I would like to see a voucher system which allows you to use the vouchers to take the items to the tip without charge rather than using the curb side option. This would also allow items to be recycled instead of being thrown into one truck (assuming it all goes straight to the tip)
  • Silver 10 months ago
    I understand the enviro concerns, but it is not acceptable to have such a small red bin, and less frequent collection as other councils have done - households will still produce the same amount of waste, and less collection results in waste staying inside or outside our homes, rotting, growing maggots, causing stench, health hazards and pests (this is a major issue in Morisset/Bonnells Bay). We are not living in the third world - sanitation is essential and this is what we pay rates for! Instead, I agree with the suggestions to allow food scraps in the green bin in biodegradable bags. There is so much room in the green bin and inadequate room in the red bin. Education regarding what else can be recycled, as well as trash and treasure sections at the local tip or another location. However also keep in mind that saying we should place more of general waste in recyling doesn't solve the problem. We usually run out of room in our recyling bin, and *always* run out of room in the red bin! There needs to be more rubbish collection, not less.
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    • frantic 10 months ago
      Refuse, reuse, recycle, buy less, produce more.
  • Troy 10 months ago
    Yellow Bin needs to be a weekly collection, whilst the red bin should be fortnightly. The amount of times my yellow bin has filled up and i've have to place my recyclables in the red bin is a joke.It would force people to start thinking about the amount of recyclables they toss in the general waste if it only gets emptied once a fortnight.
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    • frantic 10 months ago
      Must have a large family to fill up a yellow bin! I would like the opportunity to have a smaller one.I think people need to think about just how much packaging they use and try not to use it as much as possible.
  • john bloggs 10 months ago
    there needs to be a defined method of how recycled waste should be placed in the bins. around the time of severe water shortage in Sydney and the C.C. I recall that waste was NOT to be washed, but this is NOT true, and has led to heaps of contaminated waste. A concerted advertising regime needs to be undertaken to eliminate this confusion.C.C. needs to confront ALL retailers on their role in reducing their packaging, especially packaging that is paper with a plastic component.Reduce local advertising material on "glossy" paper with highly polluting inks.The community is willing, but it needs proper direction.
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    • frantic 10 months ago
      Yes, I do recall making the decision of whether to use water to rinse out items or to save water - which I the most important? Was told that items are sent through the autoclave so doesn't matter. Items with food waste can be washed it dishwasher or sink when washing other stuff, so no extra water needed.
  • Micky 10 months ago
    I cannot understand, in this day of scanning technology, that all waste collection charges are not on an, as used, basis. Our red bin would be lucky to be put out every 2 months. With an extra effort could be extended to 6 months, but I am paying the same levy as houses that fill it every week, do no recycling or minimisation. The same with the green bin, it goes out maybe once a year, we compost grass clippings and food scraps. Surely both bins could be barcoded for each residence and waste levy allocated on a 52 week cost, pro rata reduction for less time they are placed for collection.
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    • frantic 10 months ago
      Yes to that and good luck with it too!
  • chittaway52 10 months ago
    An estimated 10,000 cubic meters of floating seagrass wrack is collected by council each year and then taken to the tip. Recycling programs with landcare groups could be introduced to avoid tipping fees and the costs of transport and labour.
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    • frantic 10 months ago
      Totally agree with this as many gardeners are unsure whether it is legal to remove seaweed/seagrass washed up on local lakeside and seaside beaches and reserves.
  • Tammy 10 months ago
    All business's should be forced to reduce or eliminate waste from food/drink products and not permitted to use any plastic items. Food not eaten at the end of day must go to homeless shelters. This includes supermarkets. Red bins to be collected fortnightly to encourage residents to reduce waste. Composting to be encouraged and possibly have more local community gardens.Green waste drop off to be free at depots and maybe a swap for green waste to mulch
  • chittaway52 10 months ago
    Council outdoor staff should be encouraged to pick up plastic waste during their routine work and place it in a skip back at their depot. A reward scheme could be introduced for the depot collecting the most waste (kg) each quarter
  • roy edwards 10 months ago
    this problem of land fill has to be addressed by councils urgently as it is rediculas that as small business operator we are forced to send tonnes of wood waste to land fill daily because the EPA will not allow H2 treated timber ( the blue timber you see in house frames and roof trusses) to be recycled. yet it is ok to use fly spray which contains the same basic pyrethrum that the treated timber has. It is all too hard for everyone to find a solution. I hope your council can do something positive. There is also a problem with disposal of e waste. This growing problem is another that needs more action form council from domestic and business. More advertising on how and where to dispose of this problem. At present it is going to land fill.
  • DLS 10 months ago
    Open up a FREE scavenging area at the tip, where people can drop off usable items and others can browse and pick them up if they need them. Would need an undercover area for indoor items. Scavenging used to be common in the 70's but was rightly banned due to safety reasons. Provide a safe and managed area. For free. Give people the opportunity to recycle and reuse but don't charge them for it.------------------Free curbside shredding/mulching service. Residents could leave green waste on the curb. Council could come by and shred it instead of taking it way, leaving a pile of mulch for residents to reuse on their gardens or turn into compost. Vegetation and green waste stays on site, nutrients are returned to the soil on site, reduces the amount of watering needed due to the mulch layer, reduces the amount of fertiliser needed. Green waste recycled and reused at the home owners site. Reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the trips needed to cart it to the tip. OR provide a one time rate rebate for people to buy their own shredder and shed their own green waste.----------------------------- Need a way to recycle old linen, clothing, blankets, rugs, pillows and other fabric items that end up in the red bin. Items that cannot be used by charity shops. These could be separated from red bin waste and sent to a facility to shred and reuse as pulp.-------------------------Thankyou for providing the opportunity to comment.
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    • Troy 10 months ago
      >Open up a FREE scavenging area at the tip, where people can drop off usable items and others can browse and pick them up if they need them. Would need an undercover area for indoor items. Scavenging used to be common in the 70's but was rightly banned due to safety reasons. Provide a safe and managed area.This was one of the suggestions in the survey.
  • Dirt 10 months ago
    Food scraps including meat (in a special separate bag) can all put into green bin in other councils within Australia, with weekly collection of recycling and green waste but only fortnightly landfill collection to encourage proper use. We should look to their practices to learn new ideas. It would also probably create some more local jobs in the process. The compost could be used in public parks or collected by residents for use in the garden, improving the quality of soil and reducing the need for watering amongst other things.
  • Janice Vissers 10 months ago
    What is being done to reduce building waste. I hear it is a third of waste volume. What can be done?
  • Yengo View 10 months ago
    Please develop an "Is this waste?" app., residents could then be sure that what they are putting in the bin really is waste
  • frantic 10 months ago
    Education and labels on waste bin lids. Stop allowing non-recyclable plastics into Australia. No more bottled water miners on Central Coast. Maybe some serious fines for those who do not comply with the advice given.
  • Muddy 10 months ago
    There are councils that allow green/organic waste from inside the home to go in the green bin. This would significantly reduce the amount of waste in the red bin.This should be looked into for implementation here on the coast
  • Livry 10 months ago
    We need the waste management system used by so many councils whereby all organic household waste is collected from inside the home in green decomposing bags. This compost could then be used by the community to help grow sustainable gardens.
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    • Maz 10 months ago
      What’s more, Council could even use it for parks and gardens!
  • Ernest Buckley Toukley 10 months ago
    We have to look at establishing Reuse and Recycle Centers, Reverse Garbage Centers (Industrial waste) We need the waste to be sorted and removed from households not dumped out on the streets. We need a different way of collecting the waste not big trucks that crush and compact it then dump it in landfill. In many parts of Australia there are very advanced systems of collecting curbside waste and then recycling up to 70% of it. With his more advanced form of waste management far more job and work opportunities are established. The days of just dumping the bulk of household and curbside waist in landfill sites has to stop.
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    • Maz 10 months ago
      Very much agree
  • Glenda 10 months ago
    It would be great if food scraps could be recycled in the green bin like other councils such as Wagga. I currently take my soft plastics to the supermarket for recycling. It would be great if they could be included in the yellow bin.
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    • Clare P 10 months ago
      I've made the same suggestion, having lived in 2 council areas that do it (Armidale and Port Macquarie).Also to sign up to Compost Revolution for bigger discounts on worm farms.
    • TerryF 10 months ago
      We need council(s) to actually look at these alternatives, and not just make the noises.Keep the accountants away from the evaluation project, otherwise it will never happen.
  • Davo 10 months ago
    A properly funded and managed recycling centres at both tips where reusable goods can be purchased at low prices. One man's trash is another man's treasure. They could incorporate a soft plastic recycling area, undercover area for fabric items, worm farm sales and a proper shop for the better items and jewels etc. This should be run by Council and NOT leased out to be run by private enterprise.
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    • TerryF 10 months ago
      Agree Davo,Ive seen these in council dump sites in NZ; locals love them. Surprising what goodies can be found at the dumps.As someone else said scavinging at the dump sites in the 70's was common and saved a lot of items from been buried. Shame scrap metal prices are all but non existant as a lot of scrap metal used to be recovered from the dump sites. And make the pricing at the "Tip Shop" reasonable; DO NOT make the Tip Shop an expected huge profit centre to council.Terry
  • Noeleen 10 months ago
    A tip shop would be great. Not just to obtain items in reasonably good condition but also for artists and craftsmen to make art and craft pieces and installations
  • NB 10 months ago
    Better advertising for recycling of soft plastics. I have been doing this for a few years now and still so many people do not know about it. I remember that I discovered it through a park bench style seat that was in Kincumber Shopping Centres that had imprinted into the seat "I was made out of recycled soft plastics" would be great to see this type of "furniture" in local parks and playgrounds as advertisement. The old style recycling centres where you could looks for old car parts and treasures. Food scraps in the green bin.More worm farm and compost workshops with discounted supplies to buy (council could buy these in bulk at a cheaper rate) then pass on some of the discount to the community. Encourage neighbours to share bins.
  • Glurk Trolling 10 months ago
    Please bring back the Recycling centres that used to be attached to the tips, (eg "Junktastic Park" that used to be adjacent to Kincumber Tip). Travelling around the NSW countryside I have visited several tips where the local Councils have set up this type of facility. There is nothing better than discovering treasures that have been discarded by other households, that are for sale for bargain prices and are also saved from becoming part of landfill.
  • Grandma Poss 10 months ago
    Please can we have something similar to what has been done at Kimbricki Tip on the Northern Beaches? It generates an income for the council.
  • JL 10 months ago
    Schools, especially high-schools, should be part of council recycling programs. The same bins should be in all schools and managed jointly by the NSW government and councils. There is so much waste at schools.
  • lahitch 10 months ago
    allowing food scraps in the green bin would be a winner or providing free (or discounted) worm farms or compost bins to ratepayers
  • dadangus 10 months ago
    Of course the first principle of Waste Mgt for the council is to honour its recycling commitment . No matter what the rate payers do their end if the council then fails to dispose of waste in the manner it says it will e.g. sends to waste tips in Queensland.. then the whole thing becomes an exercise in fraud . On a more practical note if the Council encourages neighbours to share space in bins than that will encourage recycling instead of people in desperation chucking the waste in the wrong bin for lack of bin space in the right bin , Simple but necessary and effective
  • Dsmith 10 months ago
    A better Soft plastic recycle system - I think 7.5% is ridiculous
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    • Clare P 10 months ago
      I think a lot of people don't even know that soft plastic can be recycled.