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  • agm over 5 years ago
    It seems this recycling is a fait accompli and you don't need to spend our community money in this way. I really wish Randwick Council could introduce this re-cycling program and others, without sending the paper survey and in this case even an on-line survey. Comments as available here, are sufficient.The issue really is, how to get the apartment dwellers to participate. At our own house, we already recycle 90% of food scraps in compost and just throw out meat, poultry and fish scraps, as well as some packaging that can't be recycled. We use Randwick recycling yellow and green bins. I don't want another bin myself, so I hope if meat, poultry and fish scraps can be collected separately, then an insert to our red bin could be manufactured.
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  • matsy almost 7 years ago
    Very excited to start using this. It might be worth mentioning that the plastic sticker labels on fruit should be removed. I can't imagine someone sorting the scraps and doing this job! Or will it not matter??
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  • Inky almost 7 years ago
    This year I visited friends in Camden, London, and was really excited to see that the local council were successfully managing the waste disposal of household food scraps in this same way. I believe they had been using this same system for some time and I distinctly remember saying to my sister how much I wished we had the same thing back home! Thrilled to receive our scraps bin today, ceremoniously threw my first nectarine seed into the green compostable bag this afternoon. Hurrah!
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  • HannahM almost 7 years ago
    Hi,

    I think this is a fantastic idea, and am really excited about being involved in this trial. I really hope that it is successful as I think these forward thinking ideas are just what we need to decrease waste and improve our environment for the future. Well done Randwick Council for giving this a go.
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  • Karen6100 almost 7 years ago
    Just want to say that we are thrilled about this initiative. We've started using our little kitchen waste bin - we are impressed - no odours! We are in a unit and I was somewhat concerned about this. Keep up the good work!
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  • freywih almost 7 years ago
    Agree with all the previous comments - this is a great initiative and I hope it will be successful so everyone can use it. The only thing is I've noticed that people in our complex are throwing their ordinary garbage in the food scraps bin despite the sticker on the front of the bin. Perhaps putting additional stickers on the lids will make it more obvious?
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    • waimaori almost 7 years ago
      We're having the same trouble with our complex. Went down to put our first bag in the bin, opened up all those stickered - clearly marked by the way - and all were 3/4 full with only one or two green bags that I could see. Here's hoping it's a language thing for some, or early days in the trial. Might require stronger incentives a la green money?
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      • waimaori almost 7 years ago
        PS. I agree with those above too - it's a fab initiative, def worth persevering with!
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    • Amayzingone almost 6 years ago
      See my post. this wont work with unit blocks due to lack of committment from tenants. I suggested this would be the case and you have confirmed for me. thank you.
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  • NomadicMel almost 7 years ago
    Hi, I am so excited about this trial but I think the education process might need to be more thorough - I live in a very large complex and everytime I put my little green bag into the correct stickered bin, someone has put in the wrong bag.

    Perhaps the lids on the bins need to be a different colour (not just red lids with a sticker) - I know this is just the trial but I actually think people are getting frustrated because we only just have enough red bins for our complex anyway, so they are shoving rubbish whereever they can.

    There are a lot of older people in our complex and I think they believe that they are losing space for their other rubbish.

    My solution: Call for volunteers from the complex (I would be one) to be trained as community education /liason officers so everyone in the complex knows they can talk to that particular volunteer about how to use the new bins. The volunteer would also go around to all the individual units to make themselves available to talk about using the bins correctly. There should also be meetings available for people within the complex to come to where they can learn more about it.

    Just dropping off a bin and some very good looking pamplets at people's doors isn't enough - you need community buy in. Quite seriously, I am happy to help with the education process within our complex - communications is my area!
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    • Amayzingone almost 6 years ago
      I did foresee this probolem with unit blocks and thank you for confirming. (see my post). Communication, stickers and education wont work when you have tenants/residents who done care. DEFINITELY DOES NOT WORK IN APARTMENT BLOCKS AND NEVER WILL.
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  • Jasmine almost 7 years ago
    I was very impressed to discover Randwick City Council is trialling this FREE compost collection service. This is a fantastic initiative. Simple, convenient, easy to use and well marketed. Household waste is such an important issue and so great to see a local council leading the way in awareness through this proactive solution. I have already told my friends in other council areas of this initiative who are enthusiastic to encourage other councils to trial this concept similarly. Congratulations on introducing this smart idea so simply and effectively, I hope it is supported by the community. Well done Randwick City Council.
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  • Admin Commented Randwick Administrator almost 7 years ago
    Thank you all for your positive feedback, we are really excited about the food scraps trial and we're getting some great vibes from residents! As with all new things, we know there's some challenges for some people getting used to the new way of dealing with their waste. We are working hard to help bring everyone on board and work towards zero contamination. Keep your comments and suggestions coming!
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    • Amayzingone almost 6 years ago
      Zero contaimination is only a dream that will never occur. If you get 50% contaimination consider yourself lucky. In apartment blocks expect NO SUCCESS whatsover. All bins will become contaiminated (green/yellow bins are getting contaminated already). Tenants and residents in apartment blocks dont care. They are in the fast, convenient, minimal committment lane. Any waste goes into the first bin with any space. That is human nature. Read the posts here from all the unit/apartment residents. All the comments express the same issues. We already have problems with contamination in recycle bins. We already have too many bins and no more space. Pls see my post for ALL the issues I foresee. Cant be resolved no matter what you do. Implementation on a voluntary opt-in basis to single dwellings/houses only is the only way to achieve close to zero contaimination and forget about apartment/unit blocks completely! Even blocks of 4 will have problems!
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  • dee03 almost 7 years ago
    I am so excited about this program as to me it is not food scraps but food wastage that I am guilty of. I filled my first bag and took it down to the bin, I looked in as I was interested in how the block reacted and to my horror someone had thrown their bin in the community bin. How some people just don't care is amazing!
    I think this is a great idea but do agree that the bins should be another colour as the stickers aren't enough, people are lazy.
    Keep up the good work Randwick.
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  • lb2031 almost 7 years ago
    I live in a large block of units & believe the bin stickers need to be far more prominent. Flouro yellow perhaps? Alternatively we need a different coloured lid or an opening lock to prevent people dumping larger garbage bags. If you can only open the lid 20cm people might stop & think.

    So far twice this week I've pulled out regular garbage from the designated bin & I don't plan on continuing this if it's a losing battle.

    Love the idea of the scheme & look forward to it's success.
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    • Inky almost 7 years ago
      My partner just walked back upstairs with a sullen face. Apparently the scraps bins are absolutely full of household rubbish, including but not limited to a, plastic bag full of VB cans! Recycling in a plastic bag, in a food scraps bin. Incredible! I am so disappointed at the residents of our block of units. There is still plenty of room for normal land fill rubbish in the other red bins so either people do not grasp the concept of recycling and composting, or they are simply unmoved to make a small environmental step forward. Definitely something needs to be done to ensure this amazing trial does not fail!
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      • Angus over 6 years ago
        We have the same thing in our complex
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  • Eve almost 7 years ago
    I agree with all comments posted so far - an excellent initiative that I really hope is successful and continues. Good on Randwick Council for investigating this! As several other people have experienced, we have also had issues at our unit block with people putting general rubbish into the foodscraps bin - I think this is partially a lack of understanding, the signage on the bins not being 'hit-them-between-the-eyes' obvious, laziness and some people just don't seem to care (very frequently, people also put non-recyclable waste into the recycling bins and regularly dump hard rubbish on the kerb).

    A couple of suggestions regarding the caddy/bags, both of which are great ideas.
    - In order to make it easier to clean in the kitchen sink, it might be better to have a caddy with a removable lid - we have difficulty fitting ours into the sink to clean it (and it's a regular sized sink).
    - The green bags seem to be a little on the small side for the size of the caddy - there seems to be little bag left to tie it up. Perhaps slightly larger bags or a smaller caddy?
    - And finally, I'm not sure what could be changed because I realise the biodegradable bags have to be thin to help with their biodegradability, but it's very easy to put holes in the bags. I put the ends of some shallots in the bag and it ripped, leaking the juices of all the other food in the bag into the caddy (hence, requiring it to be cleaned).
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  • GaraBee almost 7 years ago
    I'm finding the bags are breaking down very quickly, are they too biodegradable?! I use mine for 3-4 days and when I take it out of the container there is usually a hole in it with food coming out. As a single-person household I don't need to throw the bag out every day. Also, where can we get more bags when we need them? I also live in a multi-unit complex and many people do not care and are throwing general garbage in the food bins. Probably the same people who put stuff in plastic bags in the recycling bins. How to educate people?? I do think it is a great idea in principle.
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    • Wiebke over 6 years ago
      I have the same problem with the bags breaking down. I'm not throwing in anything sharp or spiky, it's just lemons, banana peels etc, all soft. After about 3 days, the bag has half broken down.
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  • clairlev almost 7 years ago
    I have been very disciplined in using my caddy and think its a great initiative, I do need more green bags - on my last one! How can i get more?
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    • Admin Commented Matshepo almost 7 years ago
      Hi Clairlev,

      you can obtain bin liners in one of the following ways:
      Pick from Council Office at 30 Frances Street, Randwick or from RandwickCommunity Centre -27 Munda Street, Randwick
      Or call Council to make suitable arrangements 1300 722 542.
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  • Sing almost 7 years ago
    I've always composted and have used a worm farm for years. However, I've always felt guilty that my meat, fish waste etc has had to go into the red bins. This Randwick trial is a fantastic initiative and I'd love it to continue. After the first week I'd like to make a few observations. I think the council could have started with fewer bins that are a different colour from the traditional red general waste bins. ( maybe this could happen if the trial is successful). It needs to be very obvious otherwise people just dump general waste into the food waste bins. The green bags seem to compress and some break open unless tied well. Maybe that's because, in their excitement, people overfill them and this makes tying difficult. It helps to have someone on the ground driving this initiative. I've posted a large sign asking people to give it a go. I've moved the food scraps bins to the back so that those that are genuinely interested will make an effort to put their green bags in them. It's all about education. Just a few food scrap bins to start and sufficient for general waste. Then gradually increase the number of food scrap bins as people warm to the idea. Hang in there!!!!
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  • judith over 6 years ago
    Great idea, I really hope the trial is successful. I live in a large complex and have been experiencing the same issues with people using the food scraps bin for general garbage, even with additional homemade signs. Just wondering who collects the food scraps and on what days. Do we have to put the bins out separately from general collection? Were the Strata Managers notified of the trial? Our bins are put out by cleaners and I'm not sure if they are aware of the trial?
    I hope this trial works and hope 12 weeks is long enough get it right.

    Well done Randwick Council.
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  • OlwynC over 6 years ago
    The bags are not very durable. I understand that they need to be biodegradable but they practically disintegrate. Coming from Europe where this level of waste segregation is par for the course I know there are better quality bags to be had. It makes taking the scraps out very difficult. If the bag still goes into a general refuse bin then surely broken/disintegrated bags will defeat the purpose?
    Also I would like to see the bin/bucket being provided with an optional wall/door attachment, so that it can be hung on the inside of the cupboard under the sink or the likes, it's far too small to be left on the ground and filled from there. Being able to attach it to the inside of a cupboard door means you can fill it with ease. Anything to make using this bin more practical and easy.
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  • Shirin over 6 years ago
    I'm very happy that another bin finally arrived to separate food scraps from other waste. Coming from Germany we are far more advanced if it comes to recycling so I also wonder when they finally start with refund for bottles and cans!!! Far less waste would end up on the streets. Same with plastic bags: charge people for getting some!! Aldi already does!! Keep up the good work!!! Hope the caddy stays!
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  • Ves29 over 6 years ago
    Unfortunately our individual efforts are wasted. We were thrilled with the idea of putting food scraps into the caddy and sending it down into the red food scraps bin until we say the whole strata complex dumping normal rubbish, cardboard, bottles and everything else into the red foodscraps bin.

    This doesn't work unless the communal food scraps bin changes. It must have a hole that only fits the size of the foodscraps bag. This way people won't dump big bags of rubbish and prevent unsolicited dumping of rubbish.

    We really love the idea and it's so simple and works perfectly for the kitchen, unfortunately our efforts are being wasted and there's no point in the effort.
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    • judith over 6 years ago
      Dear Ves29
      I have had the same problems, but with extra signs on the bins saying " No General Gaargage, only food scraps placed in compostable bags provided by Randwick Council, Thankyou" It has been working. I also move the bins away from the other bins so people need to make a bit of an effort to use the bin. And I have tied the green bags on the handles to make it obvious that the bins a different. Good luck.
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    • Wiebke over 6 years ago
      Ves29 - great idea with a smaller opening for the bins.
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    • Amayzingone almost 6 years ago
      You are exactly right. This will never work in apartment blocks no matter what you do. Have you notcied all the general rubbish that ends up in the recycle bins and the bottles that end up and the general waste bin? And if you have green waste bins these also get general rubbish dumed into them if the red bins become full. Numerous problems already with bins...Too complex already. Red bins, yellow bins, green bins and now even more. No thanks! More complexity will only make things worse!
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  • LisaNeath over 6 years ago
    I think this is a fantastic idea. My only comment is that the colour of the bins is not useful in apartment blocks as people are putting normal waste into the bins. The people that are doing the right thing are wasting their time if others continue to put contaminated waste into the bins. Can you perhaps do a different coloured bin to stop this? Or maybe the bin should be put in a different area away from the normal waste bins?
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    • greengirl over 6 years ago
      Hi
      This problem is also happening in my block of units. Perhaps a smaller medium size bin would be better as the
      bags are small and will take up less room.
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    • sonja over 6 years ago
      Completely agree, the sticker on the red topped bins is not helping people put rubbish in the appropriate place. Actually when I first went to put my food scraps in the new bin it took me a moment to realise that only the sticker denoted the food scraps bin. Also in my block it doesn't help that they put these bins in the area where red lid bins normally sit.
      Different colour/size bins would help enormously, I assume the stickers are a temporary solution during the trial.

      Otherwise this is a great idea, especially if as they say it costs less to compost than to send to landfill.
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      • Amayzingone almost 6 years ago
        Sorry but there is no solution to this. People living in apartments dont care. They live in the fast lane. No worries,. No committments. Its all about convenience...first available bin will do. Thats how it is.
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  • greengirl over 6 years ago
    This is a FANTASTIC idea, i feel as thou im doing my tiny little bit for the furture . My main concern is those people who dont
    see the stickers on the bins , perhaps a medium size bin would be better , small bags ,less waste. smaller bins .
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  • Komkom over 6 years ago
    Tried to order some more bags, but the busy coucil phone lines put some doubts on my belief on the program. Got through the reception, had to leave a message to the person I was directed to. Then wait for her to call back...
    Curious to see how long it's going to take until I get the new bags.
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  • costumier over 6 years ago
    This is a great idea, so fantastic that it's being trialed in Randwick. I noticed the main problem in our block of apartments is that people are still putting rubbish into the bins marked as compost bins which is sad. I wonder if the bin looked completely different in size and colour if this would help people make the visual link.

    Also what happens if rubbish is mixed in? Does someone then sort it when it is collected?
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  • Alex W over 6 years ago
    This is such a fantastic initiative and I love that Randwick council have taken such a positive step forward! It's just a shame that our building is full of douchebags! We are forever finding plastic and other inorganic items in the red bins labeled for food scraps. :(
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  • PGL over 6 years ago
    What a fantastic initiative. We are so happy to be part of it and cannot believe the percentage of our waste that is "
    food scraps". Really hope this trial succeeds and is rolled out.
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  • Wiebke over 6 years ago
    I am glad that compost recycling has finally arrived in Australia - I am from Germany, where green bins were introduced many many years ago (it's been easily 15 years now, if not more). What has always disappointed me with the yellow bins (in Germany as well as here) is that people put stuff in there that is not recyclable, as well as putting their recyclables into plastic bags. The council wide roll out of the food scraps project should be preceded by a lot of education so that everyone really is paying attention. Just one or two letter box drops and/or a note on the notice board is not going to get everyone's attention. That education should include all rubbish programs, including yellow bins.
    As with anything that needs some discipline, I would recommend to put a bit of pressure on people to participate (probably introduced after an initial grace period) - as much as I'd hate to be paying because others can't get their act together, I think as a minimum, obviously contaminated bins should not get emptied, and it should then be up to the owners to sort out the contamination. We had that introduced in Germany a couple of years into the green bin program and I can certainly say that in our household, even though we've always been conscious, that step by council took our separation efforts to a whole new level.
    Adding to previous comments - please include more info about what can go into the recycle bin and what can't, e.g. fruit stickers, tea bags/tags/staples, coated banana peels (red coat that's common in eco bananas) etc
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  • Serene over 6 years ago
    This is a fantastic initiative and I am lucky to be one of the households in the trial. I did not realize just how much food waste I was throwing away without thinking they may be a valuable resource.

    Thank you for being so enviro friendly and all the work you have put into this project.

    One question - we can we obtain the bio-degradable bags that fit so neatly in the compost bin and how much are they?
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    • Admin Commented Randwick Administrator over 6 years ago
      Hi Serene,

      The compostable liners are availalbelfrom Council at 30 Frances Street, at no cost during the trial period.
      We are not using bio-degradable bags as they dont work well with the composting facility.
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  • Komkom over 6 years ago
    Got some more bags today. It's quite easy, you can either collect them at the council at any time or ring them to leave your address and they will be delivered to you.
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  • maggie over 6 years ago
    I would love to be involved in this project and get a caddy... is it too late to join this project?
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  • Pen over 6 years ago
    I think this is a great idea, however I have a few issues with this.
    1. The compost bags are too thin and will leak if carried alone. I have to bring the whole bin down and rinse it out after which means that I can't just throw it on the way out (because i have to bring the bin home). Additionally the bins are quite small so I tend to fill them up as much as I can and then can't tie it tightly when i throw it away.. is this okay? I feel like it is all spilling out when throw it in the big bin (which often has non-food-scrap garbage in it)
    2. The bins have red lids, and I have noticed that many people have thrown normal garbage in. Perhaps a differently coloured lid would help? Like Purple?
    3. The bin was crawling with maggots this week. I don't want to participate in something which will increase the number of insects in my area! perhaps if we have some sawdust we can keep the bins drier?
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    • Admin Commented Randwick Administrator over 6 years ago
      Hi Pen,

      1. The compostable liners are thin indeed so they are fully compostable and in compliance with the Asutralian standard.
      2. We are working on contamination management strategies, results in some areas are showing improvement,we will get to your building in due course.
      3. We are changing bin lids to Burgundy in line with the AUSNZ standard, starting with areas where we have high contmaination rates.
      4. Maggots are a result of flies laying their eggs in meat products especially,so cleaning the bins with a vinegar and essential oil should do the trick. Also participants can make sure to wrap the meat and bones in paper and maybe freeze and put out closer to collection day.
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  • Katblazthingy over 6 years ago
    We are very happy to be participating in this trial and really hope it's successful.

    I think it would be better if the bags were thinner. Even when they've managed to not rip they still leak liquid into the caddy.

    Also the bin needs to be set up to deter people from putting other rubbish in. I think you can try and educate people all you like but some people are just lazy or don't care. The suggestion of a bin with a narrow opening that only fits the compost bag is a good one. Or a latch on the bin that requires an extra step to open. Those that are separating their waste are likely to be ok with the extra step if it deters the lazy/uncaring ones.
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  • Church st over 6 years ago
    It's about time:) The food scraps program has been going on back home in Toronto, Canada for over 6 years. It's great to see that Sydney is now doing it. I have soo much less actual garbage and love helping the environment. I hope this program expands to all councils soon.
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  • spuntini over 6 years ago
    I congratulate the council on this initiative however, as I live in a large block of units, I find the bins get contaminated with other refuse. I am monitoring one of the bins and remove non compostable items regularly. I think the fact the bin still has a red lid is the major problem and the add on stickers don't have a strong visual presence to communicate to people of all cultures what is meant to go in the bin. I would like to see clear symbols represented on the graphics in large and bold typeface and if text is used perhaps it could be in other languages too. I am still on my first roll of bags, can I have some more please?
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    • Admin Commented Randwick Administrator over 6 years ago
      Hi Sputini,

      1. We are working on improving the signage and new signs should be coming soon. we are also working on strategies to educate residents and reduce contamination.
      2. Compostable Liners are available for pickup from Council offices at 30 Frances Street Reception, Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm
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  • DP44 over 6 years ago
    Great idea but unfortunately there are 2 MAJOR issues with the trial in my building: 1)the green compostable bags supplied are completely unuseable as they have one side completely missing/detached - just cannot use and where to get more?
    2) the collections need to be more frequent - 2 weeks is too long to keep foodscraps in the caddy or bin as some of them decompose quickly and become liquified. Weekly collections should solve the problem.
    As i say, great idea by Randwick council, but less than good execution - i know it's a trial but please fix these problems as i cannot participate without a solution to both! Thanks!
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    • Admin Commented Randwick Administrator over 6 years ago
      Hi DP44,

      1) The green bags are slightly different, a step by step guide will be uploaded soon showing how to open them, they are not faulty at all.
      2) Collections are weekly not fortnightly, we've had some issues with uncertainity of when these bins should be presented for collection, if this continues please contact Council 1300 722 542 so we can resolve this issue as soon as possible.
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  • kcdudley over 6 years ago
    It's great to see compost collection being trialled. This is something I would do if I lived in a house and had the space in the garden so it's excellent that the council is facilitating this and helping the environment.
    I'm wondering, where do you get additional bin liners from?
    Also, a bit off feedback on the bin liners; The size of the bin liners makes it difficult sometimes to tie the bag off.
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  • Lisa over 6 years ago
    Love the concept and have been using the green bags but really disappointed to hear from your switchboard operator today that i have to pick up the bags from council. Im a busy mum with two and working and dont have time to get to randwick to pick up the bags. Could you not still drop off the bags like you did at the start of the trial so i could continue participating? The bags would actually be for my household and the neighbour.
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  • Betty over 6 years ago
    As a single person I have found the bags disintegrate before I have much in them. I also found the bins sweat and needed washing every time I emptied them. I have solved both of these problems by using a small plastic bag for my scraps instead and tipping that into a recycling bag when I am ready to empty it. I have returned the bin but kept the green bags. I agree with other comments that we need a separate bin for this that cannot be confused with the normal bins. Perhaps one half the size?
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  • xmisanka over 6 years ago
    Hi, I can see the almost all of our feedback has already been submitted. But I still want to say, that I think this is a great project. Although neighbours from our building were initially mixing rubbish in the bins for scraps, it seem to be slightly better now with the change of lid colour. I also think there needs to be more education and promotion done around the whole project. It will probably take time for more people to get used to sorting their food scraps into an additional container, but I hope the trial is going well in general and successful enough to be carried on. Good luck!
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  • Prue2 over 6 years ago
    Hi! Great initiative. Can I still join the trial? I have two worm farms on my 4th floor balcony, but sometimes still have excess food scraps (we mostly cook and eat at home). Will the food scraps trial be linked with GreenMoney? My current green neighbourhood project is to invite my neighbours to join GreenMoney.
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  • Kristy over 6 years ago
    Hi, I think this is one of the best initiatives for Randwick Council by far, I just wish I could get involved! If you need more participants please extend to Maroubra Beach residents as I would love to be a part of this. My sister lives in Bellingen northern NSW and the Council has a hot composting program as part of their waste management systems and it is working very effectively.
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  • raya over 6 years ago
    I think it is an excellent sustainable program and with right on going education of the public we will have less staff in our landfills and recycling the organic waste returning it into soil in which we can grow food and other plants.

    The main thing that I can see the program will not be taken up by residents (I spoke to a lot of our residents)is because of the green biodegradable bag; they leek, and break very easily and create a lot of contamination inside the bins as the exposed food rots, attracts insects and smells.
    You need to look for more reliable bags that are more solid and still biodegradable.
    While I am very much want the program to take place I can see that with this bags it might not be viable, I can see less and less bags placed in the organic waste bin.
    Have a look for alternative bags please!
    Bigger posters to put on bin area wall.

    R
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  • coogeecoochie over 6 years ago
    Sorry to say after more than two months, my building with 28 units has about three left in the food scraps trial. I have collected 6-7 caddies so far that have been thrown out. One was in the recycle bin. I put up notices on exit doors in late January that extra bags are available...result = 2 requests. One of the two red top bins has gone back to its original purpose...the food scraps stickers have been removed. BUT the designated bin is positioned separately away from other bins so it does not get contaminated...the problem is on garbage collection day when it is lined up with the others and people rushing off to work drop junk into it. I do not use my caddy (single household) and pop the bag into the freezer until full.
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  • Miranda over 6 years ago
    This trial was an excellent initiative. In such a high-density area as Randwick, the amount of green/food waste must be enormous: I would say that 90% of my own garbage is this type of waste. Councils with many blocks of units in their area need to undertake a scheme like this urgently, to reduce our landfill. Other countries have been doing it for years. I agree with previous comments, though: the bags really only last a day or so, as they are very thin and soon leak; in hot weather they soon get smelly. Plus, in our large block of units, too many lazy, careless or thoughtless residents just threw all sorts of garbage in the food scraps bin. How you educate people and get them to care enough to do the right thing, I don't know. I hope Randwick Council continues to work on this terrific scheme.
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  • CRQ over 6 years ago
    Have really enjoyed using my caddy and feeling very good about my scraps being turned into compost. I truly hope the project continues (though I heard it's ending at the end of February?). Initially there were a few hiccups and laziness on the part of what was being put in the bins but this has improved and even though managing waste from large unit complexes is challenging I do believe with good education and persistent reminders and notices about what to do and why it's good to do it, will pay off. Let it continue on I say!!!
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  • JamesF over 6 years ago
    I agree with the comments here, a great scheme, but I fear its being let down by the ignorant mindless minority that care little for the environment and throw their waste in with the scraps, which can be incredibly frustrating and demotivating.

    I do have some suggestions, yes clear labelling and education works, but fight fire with fire.. if these lazy people cannot be bothered to make the effort, then simply make it harder for them to ruin our fun! For a start, don't put these scrap bins next to the normal waste, that's a sure fire way of getting into trouble. At the very least, put them next to the like minded recycle bins or perhaps put these scrap bins in a completely different location; i.e perhaps put them where the bikes get locked up or around the corner out of harms way. I am sure those people that care, who are willing to make the effort to collect their scraps, will not mind walking a few extra meters to dispose of this extra waste, especially if it helps the success of the trial.

    My only other complaint is that replacement bags are not being provided, why cant those people that collect the bins drop new bags off every week or so and perhaps keep a little scrap bin of bags for people to help themselves to? Just a thought.
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    • elena almost 6 years ago
      I think the idea is a great one but living near the housing department area wouldn't be viable,as most people would not be interested,the area it self is part of the randwick area,but is filthy . If people are not responsible for their own dog droppings here why would they care about recycling food scrapes!
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  • Amayzingone almost 6 years ago
    Unit blocks will present too many problems for everyone: lack of committment from tenants (we have problems NOW with the recycle bins), too many bins in unit blocks already, waste will DEFINITELY end up in the wrong bins, bins will become filthy then attract flies and hence a heath hazard, even more rules to follow - becomes far too complex! THIS WILL DEFINITELY NOT WORK FOR UNIT BLOCKS. Suggest you impliment for houses only on a voluntary opt-in basis.
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  • christinapossum over 6 years ago
    I myself am very much in favour. It has been easy to use the caddies and bins and has also raised my awareness of food wastage which is pretty shameful. Unfortunately I don't think many people in our apartments are using the bins. When I put my green bag in it has a long way to fall. Sometimes there are ordinary bags of rubbish in there. I think many people in our complex are older and conservative and don't see the benefits of changing their ways. The cleaner of our complex complains openly with residents about the work/smell the bins generate but actually they don't require her to do anything except wheel the bins in and out of the area on bin night. I think the system might work better if the bin lid was a completely different colour. Maybe if that happened it would be easier for people to not put ordinary garbage in. I also think a campaign that targets that demographic might work - eminent people endorsing food scrap recycling in the tabloid papers or talkback radio might get people thinking about the benefits of recycling. Otherwise the usual education campaigns are just preaching to the converted. I think it also needs to be easier to gets bags. People who work can't get to the Council during working hours. I really hope the food scraps program continues! Thank you for trialling it!
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  • sid over 6 years ago
    I have read all the comments about problems with this trial in high-rise complexes. While the objectives may be laudable, in our high-rise complex the trial has been terrible. The scrap bin is filled will all the wrong sorts of garbage, it is smelly and attracting insects and possibly vermin. We have no end of trouble trying to get people to do the right thing with their recycling - there is no way a trial like this could be successful in our complex. Furthermore it takes away space that we really need for more recycling bins - ours are almost full after 4 days, and overflowing after 7. We asked to be removed from the trial but have heard nothing further. I would strongly suggest that there be an opportunity to opt out of further extensions of the trial, particularly for complexes. I have seen other comments where civic-minded folk are offering to be food scrap "moderators" - that's great, if it works for you. In our building we are flat out getting a quorum for meetings.
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  • Sing over 6 years ago
    It seems people in our complex are slowly coming around to the idea of recycling their food scraps. The level of contamination seems to be falling but it still needs someone on the ground to filter out the non biodegradable plastic bags ( that people put the green bags in!). The gren bags aren't very sturdy and I'm encouraging people to use two green bags and not overfill the caddy. I've just been in Yamba and the local council has a similar scheme but asks residents to wrap the food in newspaper and then place in the bin. Would that be an option here given issues with the green bags? I think that, as with other recycling, we just have to persist. More people will get involved when they see that others want it to work. Then there's the others who just don't give a stuff. Let's not let them dictate the success of this wonderful initiative.
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