Westlake Leads Pause on Food Waste Recycling Service

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Brisbane announced a pause in its food waste recycling service, affecting suburbs like Westlake. This temporary suspension follows a successful trial that provided valuable insights into the community’s food waste behaviours, which will inform the planning of an expanded recycling programme in the future.

Effective 1 July 2024, food waste will no longer be accepted in the green waste recycling bins of residents in the participating suburbs, like Westlake. Despite this change, the green waste recycling bins in eligible service areas will continue to be collected on the regular fortnightly schedule.

Residents’ Adaptation and Future Plans

Residents who have received a food waste caddy from the Council are encouraged to repurpose it for home composting or worm farming. These caddies, crafted from recycled materials, can also be used to transport food scraps to the nearest Community Composting Hub. In the event of damage, the caddy can be recycled by placing it in the yellow recycling bin.

Key Insights from the Trial

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The trial’s findings have shed light on Brisbane’s food waste habits, which will play a crucial role in shaping a more extensive food waste recycling service. The insights gained will aid in developing strategies to improve waste management and sustainability across the city.

While the food waste recycling service is on hold, the city remains committed to enhancing its waste management systems. The Council is using this hiatus to refine and expand the programme, ensuring a more efficient and comprehensive service in the future.

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Ongoing Green Waste Collection

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During this pause, the city reassures residents that their green waste recycling bins will still be collected as usual. This continuation ensures that the temporary suspension of the food waste service does not disrupt the overall waste management routine in Westlake.

Community Involvement and Sustainability Efforts

The Council encourages all residents to continue their efforts in sustainable waste management. By using the provided food waste caddies for home composting or participating in community composting initiatives, residents can still contribute to reducing the environmental impact of food waste.

This pause in the service is a strategic step towards a more effective and widespread food waste recycling programme in the future. Westlake’s commitment to sustainability and responsible waste management remains steadfast as the city plans for an improved service that benefits the entire community.

Published Date 21-June-2024