Lake Macquarie green waste system diverts 1000 tonnes of food and garden waste from landfill

Lake Macquarie City Council’s “Food + Garden = Green” waste system has diverted an estimated 1000 tonnes of food and garden waste from landfill in the first two weeks of operation. 

Council recorded a 14 per cent increase in green waste bin use in the first fortnight of the system, introduced on July 30. 

An average of 43,247 green bins were put out for collection, up from 31,900 the previous fortnight.

Bin checks showed that on average, 97 per cent of green bins were being used correctly with no visible contamination. 

Lake Macquarie City Council’s manager sustainability, Alice Howe, said the initial results showed residents were embracing the city’s greener three-bin system.

“This is a fantastic result, particularly so soon after the switch to this new system,” Dr Howe said.

Under the new system, household food and garden waste goes in the green bin – which is collected weekly. 

Garbage and recycling bins are collected on alternate fortnights.

Green waste is processed into mulch and compost at council’s new organics resource recovery facility at Awaba.