Call to wage war on waste


Call to wage war on waste

Plan far from rubbish: Leongatha’s Steven Rath demonstrated his plan for yellow stickers to be placed on household bins that would allow them to be collected fortnightly instead of weekly, when he addressed South Gippsland Shire Council’s public presentations held last Wednesday.

A NEW method to save on rates whilst cutting down on household waste was presented to South Gippsland Shire Council at a public presentation last Wednesday.
Leongatha’s Steven Rath suggested a yellow sticker with the number two could be placed on rubbish bins to indicate they are only to be collected every second week. This would then be reflected in a reduction of rates.
“It’s a real active momentary incentive in which there is a dollar placed on rubbish and the realisation the less rubbish we dispose, the less cost we incur on ratepayers,” Mr Rath said.
Mr Rath told councillors he had calculated the proposed bin sticker would be taken up by about a third of the town of Leongatha.
“I’d be paying less for my rates, there would be more efficiency with the truck picking up times, and folk who are on the pension, elderly folk or people who don’t like to put out their bins every week, will benefit,” Mr Rath said.
“It would also encourage people to use less.”
Mr Rath went on to say that portions of food scraps end up in the bin, so this incentive would motivate people to compost more effectively instead of throwing it away as rubbish.
“It needs to become a positive habit,” he said.
Cr Andrew McEwen thanked Mr Rath for his innovative suggestion and implored him to put forward the idea for the council plan.
“We are spending a fortune on each tonne of garbage we pick up; it’s around $150 per tonne of rubbish picked up so anything we can do to reduce that is really positive,” Cr McEwen said.
Cr Lorraine Brunt said, “The truck still goes around so it wouldn’t cut anyone’s bill in half, but something needs to be done. The real problem is how do we get people not to create so much waste in the first place?
“Certainly a war on waste would be a good one.”
Cr Alyson Skinner suggested Mr Rath’s idea of a bin sticker could be a great educational tool.
Councillors encouraged Mr Rath to continue to develop the concept and other ideas surrounding waste reduction.

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