Melbourne to trial food waste collection

The City of Melbourne has announced a new trial for food waste collection, with 700 residents set to test how a domestic food waste collection service might work ahead of the proposed Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

Currently, food waste accounts for 50 percent of all household waste generation in the mucipality.

"Our residents discarded an estimated 12,000 tonnes of food waste in 2016–17 and through our engagement with the community we know people want a solution to avoid food going to landfill," Chair of the Environment portfolio Councillor Cathy Oke said

"If the strategy is endorsed, a waste collection trial would be held to determine how collection services could work for residents with kerbside bins.

"A third bin for organic waste would be rolled out to 700 houses in Kensington later this year, building on an earlier trial in 2017.

Melbourne Lord Mayor, Cr Sally Capp, said that the proposed expansion of the network under the strategy will see more shared waste hubs for businesses in the central city and remove some commercial bins from the public realm.

"We can dramatically reduce the number of bins lining our laneways and the number of trucks on our streets by creating more central waste drop-off points," the Lord Mayor said.

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