Bin inspection program
Council conducts random inspections of recycling bins and green waste bins throughout Moreland to ensure residents are putting the right items in the right bin and to reduce the impact of contamination.
Contamination occurs when people place incorrect items in their recycling or green waste bin.
Contamination is a significant problem in Moreland, where we have a contamination rate of 17 per cent, which is 7 per cent higher than the state average.
How to know if your bin was inspected
All households that have their bins inspected will receive one of three types of sticker on their bin.
Bins that contain no contamination will receive a thank you sticker.
Contaminated bins will receive a warning or rejection sticker, indicating that incorrect items were found in the bin which shouldn't be there.
A warning sticker alerts the household that a moderate level of contamination was found in the bin but the bin was still collected.
A rejection sticker alerts the household that a high level of contamination was found in the bin and, as a result, the bin was not collected.
You need to remove the incorrect items before calling Council to arrange a collection.
Impact of contamination in recycling bins
When a recycling bin is contaminated with incorrect items, the recycling process becomes less efficient and can result in valuable resources being sent to landfill rather than being reused or recycled. This causes both financial and environmental loss.
Contamination makes the service more expensive, poses risks to workers sorting the materials and can result in truck loads of recycling or green waste being sent to landfill.
Contamination can also be hazardous for workers at the Material Recovery Facility or result in odours that result in the facility being fined or even closed.