THE reaction of Thurgoona residents was mixed yesterday as their new green bins and kitchen caddies were rolled out.
For Jacqueline de Jong, the new organic waste collection is the end of a long wait.
She said the three- bin system was cheaper for her because she had been using a green bin and composting.
“I’m quite happy I can put the poo from both my dogs in the bin from now on,” she said.
“A couple of years ago I learnt that 40 to 60 per cent of what we throw in our bins goes to landfill and produces methane.
“If we compost it, which is easily done, it doesn’t — it amazed me.
“I’ve been waiting for a year. I can’t wait. It will be good.”
Not everyone was excited about the change.
Jess Breen said she was against the idea of a fortnightly collection.
“I think it will cause people to dump more rubbish and general waste will overfill,” she said.
“We don’t have a lot of food scraps as it is.”
Every household in the Albury and Corowa council areas will receive a green-lidded bin, kitchen caddy, compostable liners and information kit by Friday April 10.
The system will begin from April 13 when the red and yellow bins will be emptied each fortnight and the green bin weekly.
Items such as food, tissues, hair, toilet rolls, pizza boxes, kitty litter and other organic waste go in the green bin.
Albury council’s Nina McHardy said Transpacific Cleanway had worked for three years to ensure the service worked well.
“It is great to see it finally roll-out and really positive for the community to be accepting after such a long wait,” she said.
The organic waste will be converted into high-grade compost for use in the community and farming sectors.
More information on the three-bin system is at halvewaste.com.au.