For many years the City of Casey has provided residents with a free second recycling bin upon request. The take up of additional recycling bins in Casey has increased over time. There are now around 20,000 extra free recycling bins assigned to residential properties. A recent audit showed only 40% of these extra recycling bins are being put out for collection. Council pays for the collection of every bin even if they are not put out.
The cost of these extra bins was partly funded by income from Council’s recycling processor. The remaining cost of the service included the calculation of Waste Services Charge applied to all properties. Now, the recycling market has changed. Prices for recyclables have dropped and Council no longer receives income for the material. The service is now much more expensive for Council to deliver.
As a result, Council has decided to introduce a user pays system for extra recycling bins. Residents will still have an opportunity to have a second bin if they need, but a small charge will recover some of the costs to deliver the extra service. This will also ensure a price is not imposed on other ratepayers.
Changes to your free second recycle bin
From 1 October 2019, Casey Council will introduce a charge of $30 per year for residential properties that have a second recycling bin.
Please notify City of Casey by 12 July 2019 if:
- You want to keep the bin at a charge of $30 per year
- You want to return the bin
- You do not have a second recycling bin at the property
If Council has not received a response, we will assume the extra bin is no longer required and should be left out for removal.
Where the property is rented, please notify the tenants of this change.
Removal of second recycle bin
For residents that need to return the second bin, removals are scheduled to occur between 19 August - 13 September 2019. During that time, please leave at least one bin on the nature strip for pick up on your normal recycling day.
Where a second bin is not presented for removal within this period, Council will apply the charge from 1 October 2019 for a minimum of 6 months.
Tips to increase your recycling space
- Flatten to make space, for example egg and milk cartons
- Take to transfer stations – this service is often free
- Reuse water bottles, coffee cups and shopping bags
- Some cafes offer rewards for reusable cups
- Buy loose fruit and vegetables using reusable bags
- Re-purpose glass jars or donate them to local charities
- Bring your own containers for takeaway food
- Reduce wrapping waste by using old gift bags and reused wrapping paper
- The Distributions Standards Board offers free “no advertising mail” stickers for your letter box
- Reduce paper waste by viewing catalogues online
Home compost bins process food scraps, shredded newspapers and cardboard. Council offers compost bin rebates