Green bins are going gangbusters

ALMOST 5500 Ipswich residents are filling green waste bins and reducing the strain on council's landfill sites.

City Works chairman Trevor Nardi was pleased so many residents had taken up the service, which began in September.

He hoped 500 more would sign up so council could reach their goal of 6000.

Cr Nardi said the introduction of the carbon tax made reducing landfill a more important issue.

"Obviously we would ultimately like to see even more of the community embrace this service, but we are happy with the response we have already received from residents," he said.

"It is estimated that the kerbside green waste collection service could divert about 15% of domestic waste from landfill."

The green waste bins are collected fortnightly, for a service fee of $12.50 per quarter.

Cr Nardi said it was important the new bins were only used for green waste.

"These bins need to be free of any plastic bags, metals, glass and all other types of waste material," he said.

"While the green waste is converted to garden soil, any other waste material such as plastic bags will remain unchanged and will contaminate the final product."

Other councils around Queensland have introduced 120-litre rubbish bins, but Cr Nardi said there were no plans for such a move in Ipswich.

"We have not done that at this stage.

"In south-east Queensland we are the best at recycling and reducing landfill," he said.

"Council is committed to reducing the volume of domestic waste that requires landfill disposal, and the new 240-litre green waste bins enable garden waste to be collected, transferred to a composting facility and converted into soil."

The green waste is composted locally and used in Ipswich parks.

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