Melbourne to establish two new waste and resource recovery hubs

City of Melbourne to invest $1 million to establish two new waste and resource recovery hubs in the CBD.
The City of Melbourne will invest $1 million to establish two new waste and resource recovery hubs in the CBD to help businesses reduce waste, limit the number of bins in  laneways.

The 2020-2021 draft Annual Plan and Budget includes a $24 million investment in delivering residential and commercial waste services across the municipality.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the two new waste and resource recovery hubs in the CBD will allow more efficient and environmentally friendly collections of commercial waste and recyclables from nearby businesses.

“The hubs will allow us to remove up to 110 commercial bins from city laneways and cut up to 7000 waste collection truck trips from the city each year,” the Lord Mayor said.

“This means less mess on our streets, reducing the amount of noise from garbage trucks for nearby residents and cutting carbon emissions by increasing the efficiency of the collection system.”

City of Melbourne Environment portfolio chair Cathy Oke said 51 new recycling bins will be installed on city streets this month with solar-powered sensors to alert waste collectors when the bins need to be emptied.

“Solar powered compactor bins have already helped us cut the number of rubbish truck collections down from 90,000 a month, to just 12,000 a month,” Oke said.

“Like the solar rubbish bins, solar recycling bins will use gentle compaction to increase capacity to about six times that of a regular recycling bin, which means they don’t need to be emptied as often.

“This helps reduce the number of trucks on our roads, which is great for city amenity and helps to reduce our carbon footprint.”

The new recycling bins will complement the city’s 396 solar compactor rubbish bins which were installed in 2018, and are in addition to the city’s 232 existing public recycling bins.

The solar recycling bins will be installed next to existing solar waste bins, with signs to show what can be recycled. Locations include Swanston Street, between Flinders and Franklin streets; Elizabeth Street, between Flinders and Lonsdale streets; Bourke Street Mall; Southbank Promenade and Southern Cross Station.

Oke said the new waste and resource recovery hubs and solar recycling bins are part of council’s commitment to investigate new opportunities to manage litter, and to stimulate circular economy solutions for waste.

“We’re also continuing to support businesses and community groups to reduce waste through $200,000 in grants through the Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund.”

“We’ve faced enormous challenges this year, with devastating bushfires followed by COVID-19, and it’s important that we continue to take climate action while responding to these events.”

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