LESS than two months since green waste bins were rolled out across Orange, infrastructure committee chair Cr Reg Kidd admits the one-size-fits-all approach is not working for all residents.
The compulsory service has come under fire from residents who already own compost bins for green and food waste and households that produce little organic waste, but are still forced to pay the $82.40 annual fee for the third bin.
Cr Kidd, touring the Orange Resource Recovery Centre yesterday, said the council was still looking at ways to make the service more user friendly, especially for the elderly and residents living in units.
“I’m very aware that lots of elderly people only have a little lawn and very, very little food waste,” he said.
“I’m sure there’s better ways we can do it.”
Cr Kidd hopes the council will review the system three months in, at the peak time for green waste in spring, to see what can be improved.
“I’d like us to continually have a review process looking at things like contamination, increasing efficiency and look at if it’s disadvantaging sections of the community,” he said.
Currently the council sells small kitchen caddy food waste bins for $15.40. Cr Kidd said discounting the bins or giving them to residents for free could encourage more to use the green waste bins. A complimentary trailer load of compost per year is another way the council could sweeten the deal.
“Once we get it going we can look at cost savings that could go back to the community,” he said.
Cr Kidd said the introduction of recycling many years ago was initially met with similar opposition before it was embraced by the community.
He believes Orange’s waste system will encourage neighbouring councils to come onboard.
“It will lead to a reduction in landfill and gives us a high degree of environmental responsibility,” he said.