REDLAND City Council is encouraging mainland residents to use green waste bins by waiving the usual $30 bin establishment fee until October 31.
Redland City mayor Karen Williams said waste audits had found that about a third of what was put into general waste bins was actually green waste from gardens.
Cr Williams said spring was the perfect time to remind keen gardeners that their garden waste could easily be diverted from landfill by ordering a green waste bin and using council's fortnightly kerbside collection service, available to mainland residents.
"We are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill and the single biggest thing our mainland residents can do to help is order and use a green waste bin, if they don't already have one," she said.
"I thank all those residents, whose green waste is now being diverted from landfill and sent by council for composting into soil and landscaping products; and I encourage those without a green waste bin to order one online during our promotional period."
Cr Williams said almost 2400 Redlands households signed up for a green waste bin, bringing the total to 13,874.
With the $30 bin establishment fee waived, the ongoing cost equates to $1.20 a week added to rates.
"As well as cost savings, residents will save time and effort previously spent taking green waste to one of our waste transfer stations," Cr Williams said.
The bins can be ordered online at redland.qld.gov.au/greenwaste.
For information, phone 3829 8999.
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