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New waste contracts bring bin choice

05 June 2013

Local firms have shone through with Council today announcing Dandenong-based JJ Richards will be Council’s new waste contractor. Another local firm Dandenong South-based Polytrade will receive Council’s recyclables.

Both companies will provide services to the Greater Dandenong community for eight years, commencing on 1 October 2013.

Council has worked with JJ Richards on a process to introduce changes to waste services following the contract start.

The change in contract provider should be a seamless change for residents, with most still putting out their bins on the same day. Where efficiencies would be created by making small route and pick up day changes, residents will be directly advised ahead of the changes.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Angela Long said the most visible change to residents would be brand new brightly coloured trucks picking up their waste from 1 October.

“This new contract will also deliver choices that our residents want with a well thought through program of change.

 “We expect that the new bin choices will increase the amount people choose to recycle and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill,” Cr Long said.

In February 2014 residents will be notified about new bin choice options and will be asked to advise Council of their preferences. Bin choices will include an 80 litre or 120 litre garbage bin, a 240 or 360 litre recycling bin and a 120 or 240 litre green organics bin.

“The option of choosing smaller bins will not only reduce waste it will save residents money – this will be very welcome in many households,” she said.

 After checking that Council has correctly recorded residents’ bin preferences, new bins will be delivered to residents in July 2014.

The new bins are black with colour-coded lids, featuring red, yellow and green lids – the Australian Standard colours for garbage, recycling and green organics waste.

Council expects to unveil designs for its new waste trucks ahead of the contract start and will ensure all residents receive the information they need about bin choices and any changes which may impact them resulting from the change in a timely fashion.

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