Property owners and tenants will be offered a green waste bin and second hard waste collection under a shake-up of waste services across the Melton area.
Melton council has introduced a new flat fee of $332 for all households that receive a council waste service as part of its drive to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
The flat fee includes an optional kerbside green bin which can accept both food and garden waste, as well as an additional hard waste collection each year for bulky items picked up from properties without the need for a trip to the tip.
Melton mayor Kathy Majdlik said the new flat rate waste charge reflects the increased cost of waste management following the rise in the state government landfill levy.
She said the streamlined service should provide options that will suit all households.
“These changes will ensure all residents have full and equitable access to waste services, including tenants,” she said.
“By making green bins more accessible to everyone, and increasing the opportunity to recycle bulky items, we can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.”
Cr Majdlik said this will have a positive impact on the environment while keeping landfill costs to a minimum.
The council’s waste service includes the kerbside bin collection, hard waste collection, and recycling and waste disposal at the Melton Recycling Facility.
Under the changes, all households that receive a council waste service, including tenanted households, will have access to the red, yellow and green kerbside bins.
Each household will be entitled to a choice of two hard waste collections from their property, or two drop offs at the Melton Recycling Facility, or one of each option.
Either property owners or residential tenants can request a change to a property’s bin options, with proof of residency.