Media response - green waste collection

Published on 13 November 2019

Media response to On the Coast.

  • I'd like a fresh update on the matter [of upcoming fortnightly green waste collection, commencing January 2020], along with any changes that might've developed since I last reported on the issue.

Comments attributed to Kirk Richardson, Acting CEO

Preparations for the move to fortnightly collection of green organics bins from 1 January 2020 are full steam ahead.

The move will result in changes to some collection routes across Onkaparinga, and the day of collection for some households.

We’re doing this to ensure we can provide a more efficient service now, and continue to do so in light of future growth in our council area.

In late November, residents affected by the changes were notified with a letter, supporting information and the revised collection schedules in late November.

Where needed, they’ll receive an extra collection around Christmas and New Year to ensure there’s no reduction in services during this period.

We’d encourage anyone who wants to know their bin collection dates to visit onkaparingacity.com/waste or download the My Local Services app. The new zones and other information will be updated in the 3rd week of December.

Council is also providing compostable bags free of charge for 12 months to residents to collect all kitchen scraps and recycle them through the green organics collection service, available through our five Customer Relations Offices.

These bags will be available for collection from Monday 2 December 2019. Following this initial period, the bags will be available for purchase from council.

Council’s existing bulk green organics drop-off service will continue and has not been affected by the changes.

Food waste can easily be composted at home and put back into the earth or recycled into compost through the council’s kerbside organics collection.

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