Waste and Recycling Educational Videos
WHAT TO RECYCLE WHERE
This A–Z list is your detailed guide for reuse, recycling, and safe disposal options for a wide variety of everyday products and household items.
Over a two week period in February 2016 City of Mount Gambier staff conducted a waste audit of household rubbish, recycling and organics bins. The purpose of the audit was to see what Mount Gambier residents are doing well, and where improvement needs to be made in relation to the way we manage our waste.
Over the two weeks, 95 household general rubbish and 95 recycling bins were audited, as well as 25 organic waste bins. The contents of each was sorted by hand (tongs). Bins were randomly selected and sorted in large batches, preserving anonymity.
What Mount Gambier residents are doing well
What Mount Gambier residents need to improve
In summary, Mount Gambier residents are doing a reasonable job of managing their waste, but improvements can definitely be made.
When thinking about waste remember to observe the waste hierarchy
Let’s work together to make Mount Gambier a clean and green city!
Waste Profile - City of Mount Gambier 2016
Residents who are subscribed to the green waste /FOGO (food organics, garden organics) service are encouraged to place food scraps into their green organics bin. This food can be thrown directly into the bin or placed in a kitchen caddy. Each household that opts into the FOGO service will receive a free kitchen caddy and compostable kitchen caddy bags to encourage greater diversion of food waste from landfill.
For information about where to purchase additional kitchen caddies or compostable kitchen caddy bags (compostable - NOT degradable or biodegradable) please refer to the following links or contact Council on 8721 2555.
Online purchase: sourceseparationsystems.com.au
Local purchase is available from Banner Mitre 10, Bunnings, Woolworths and Coles Supermarkets - bags must be labelled compostable.
Recycling has many benefits for both your business and the environment.
Recycling plastic, cardboard and paper - put smaller amounts in your Blue Recycling Bin. For larger amounts purchase recycling services through a local waste services contractor (listed in the Yellow Pages).
Recycling organic garden waste, timber and food scraps - encourage staff to take home food scraps for chickens or home compost or purchase a fortnightly Green Organics Bin from Council. Take larger amounts to Council's Waste Transfer Station or to an organics recycler to be mulched.
Recycling E-Waste (electronic appliances), batteries and light llobes - take smaller amounts to the Waste Transfer Station to be recycled. For larger amounts purchase an E-Waste recycling service, listed in the Yellow Pages.
Recycling hard waste from shop fit-outs, repairs and maintenance - put smaller amounts in your blue recycling bin. For larger quantities use a local hard waste recycling service.
Dedicated bins and bin lids provide options for people to recycle at community events. Bin lids are available, to be hired by event organizers for use at community events in Mount Gambier. The bin lids fit on a standard 240L bin and come in three colours: yellow for drink containers (with 10c deposit), blue for recyclables and red for general waste. The bins can be coupled together to make a collection station.
Mount Gambier residents send over 500 tonnes of disposable nappies to landfill every year, that’s a lot of nappies!
There are a number of alternatives to sending nappies to landfill: