Council regularly audits household recycling and green waste bins, to check that the right things are going in the right bins.
Why Council Inspects Bins
When the wrong thing goes in the wrong bin, the bin is considered contaminated. Contamination makes the bin collection service more expensive, compromises the sorting of materials, and poses a risk to the workers involved in this sorting. Contamination can therefore result in the recycling or green waste being sent to landfill.
Rewards for households that put the right thing in the right bin
Good recyclers are rewarded with a silver star on the lid of their audited bin. Those that achieve a silver star go into a weekly draw to win movie tickets.
A recent Frankston City audit revealed that in 2018-2019:
- The recycling contamination rate was 12.64% by weight (up from 11.9% in 2017-2018 and up from 12.0% in 2016-2017). This means that on average, 12.64% of items in these household recycling bins were in the wrong bin as they weren’t recyclable through the kerbside collection system.
- The recycling contamination rate was 24.11% for households in multi-unit developments (up from 25.01% in 2017-2018 and 17.54% in 2016-2017)
Contaminated bins receive a warning or ‘contamination’ sticker, which notifies the household that incorrect items have been placed in their inspected recycling/food and garden waste bin. Highly contaminated bins are not emptied on collection day and aren’t collected until the offending items have been removed.
‘No Plastic Bags’ stickers are placed on the lids of recycling bins that contain plastic bags. Plastic bags cannot be recycled through the household recycling system. Recyclables must instead be placed loose in the recycling bin.
Repeated bin contamination can result in a fine or the removal of the collection service.
For Further Information
For information about what can and can’t go in your recycling, food and garden waste and garbage bins, visit the Council’s bin information web page.
If you would like to know more about Council’s bin inspection program, please contact Council.
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
P. 1300 322 322