New chance for Richmond Valley residents to embrace waste

RICHMOND Valley Council residents will be receiving new kitchen caddies for their organic bins.

The council has asked residents to put their green wheelie bins out on their usual collection day, even if they are empty over the coming fortnight so council staff can tie the new kitchen caddy on to the bin to ensure it does not get lost or misplaced.

Stickers highlighting the new weekly food waste collection service will also be placed on the bins.

For the Mid Richmond (Broadwater, Coraki, Evans Head, Rileys Hill, Woodburn and surrounds), green bins should be out on the street from Sunday May 29.

Casino and surrounds green bins go out on the street from Sunday June 5.

For those who may not be able to, or who forget, the caddy will be left by your letterbox.

The kitchen caddy will assist residents in sorting their food waste in the kitchen.

A roll of compostable bin liners, and an education pack will also be provided inside the caddy.

The caddy can then be placed in a suitable place in your kitchen, near the sink or where you usually prepare food for example.

You can use the Council-approved compostable bin liners provided and begin collecting all your food waste immediately.

Once full, tie the bag and place into your green bin.

Residents may also choose to line the caddy with newspaper or simply collect food scraps straight into the caddy, as it is dishwasher safe.

Residents should not use ordinary plastic bin liners or bags, as they are not compostable. Replacement compostable bin liners will be available from both the Casino and Evans Head Council offices at cost price.

The following items can be placed in your kitchen caddy:

  • All food scraps including meat and seafood bones
  • Dairy products
  • Citrus
  • Egg shells
  • Bread, pasta and rice
  • Soiled paper, tissues and paper towels
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

The new weekly food and garden waste collection will commence Monday June 13 in Casino and Monday June 20 in the Mid Richmond.

The general waste (red-lidded) bin will move to a fortnightly collection on the alternate week to the usual recycling (yellow-lidded) bin.

For more information contact the Waste Hotline on 6660 0300, or visit Council's website.

This project is supported by the Environmental Trust through the NSW EPA's Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded by the waste levy.

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