New bins to be rolled out

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COOMA is set to become more environmentally friendly with the roll out of the new food and garden waste bins, diverting waste from landfill.

Households across Cooma can expect changes in the way they dispose of their rubbish with the introduction of a new green-lid bin over the coming months.

A recent announcement from environment Minister Rob Stokes explained that the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council will be receiving $235,499 from the NSW Government's Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. The program will help increase waste collections to houses in Cooma.

"This grant will enable council to expand their food and garden waste collections to every house in the Cooma township, following a successful trial of one hundred homes," Mr Jeff Tate, Resource and Waste Operations Manager, said.

"This will include delivering caddy bins to households to help residents put their food waste into the green-lid bin instead of the landfill bin."

Residents will be expected to use the new green-lid bin for food waste and garden cuttings while the current black-lid landfill bin will eventually be replaced with a smaller red-lid bin.

Households will also receive a bench top kitchen caddy and caddy liners to help with the collection of food waste.

"More than half of the household landfill bin is estimated to contain food and garden organic waste than can be separated and reused as compost rather than ending up in landfill so these projects will be of great benefit to the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council," Mr Tate said.

"Overall, the state-wide projects are expected to recover and divert at least 152,000 tonnes of recyclable waste from landfill in NSW each year.

"That is a significant amount of recyclables saved from rotting in landfill and funnelled back into the productive economy helping to make a significant contribution to reaching our waste and recycling goals."

The annual kerbside collection charge for the new bin will be $40.69 for 2014/2015 and will be billed with annual rates.

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