The background to Kerbside Waste Collection

by M. Robertson, 01 Sep 2016
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Regional Kerbside Bin Audit

In May/June 2012, the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) undertook a regional kerbside bin
audit of selected properties within the areas of Alexandrina Council, Kangaroo Island Council, City of
Victor Harbor and District Council of Yankalilla. The audit found that 55% of the general waste stream
consisted of potentially recyclable materials (28% recyclables and 27% food/green waste). On the
basis of this, FRWA recognized the potential to encourage diversion of waste from landfill by altering
the bin collection schedule: increasing the collection of recycling and green waste from 4‐weekly to
fortnightly and decreasing the collection of general waste from weekly to fortnightly.

Fortnightly Kerbside Collection Pilot/Trial

FRWA’s constituent councils supported a Pilot/Trial of fortnightly collections within a small selected
area (crossing the boundary of Alexandrina Council and City of Victor Harbor) comprising of
630 dwellings. The project ran for four months, from 2 October 2013 to 22 January 2014, allowing
the effects of fortnightly collections to be evaluated both during times when few holiday makers are
present, through to the peak summer holiday season.

The Pilot demonstrated that the altered bin collection schedule increased the diversion of waste
from landfill by the permanent resident population (FRWA, 2014). This has the potential to mitigate
cost increases for waste management into the future and make better use of resources. Fortnightly
collections have already been successfully implemented in another region of SA, interstate and
overseas, as discussed further in Section 2.

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