Multi-bin system now in operation

TWEED Shire Council’s new multi-bin system finally comes into affect today.

More than 100,000 new bins have been distributed to households and businesses across the Tweed over the past few months in a plan to substantially increase recycling rates.

The new bins, red lid for garbage and yellow lid for recycling, will replace the old divided bins, which council said residents should have already put out for collection .

“The new multi-bin system will increase recycling in the Tweed, reduce landfill and provide an improved waste collection service to our residents,” Cr Polglase said.

“Separating the bins provides a clearer message that the three bins are for three different kinds of waste.”

Cr Polglase previous said the change would affect over 90 per cent of residents.

“We are working to increase the reach of our waste services further into rural areas all the time, in fact two rural runs were extended this year,” he said.

The Tweed’s recovery rate of materials for recycling hovers around 35 per cent.

Cr Polglase said the introduction of the multi-bin system is a major step towards the State Government target of 66 per cent diversion from landfill by 2014.

Today’s introduction of the multi-bin system is the first major change to the Tweed’s waste collection service since 1995, when split bins were introduced to incorporate recycling.

There will be no change to the optional green organics service, which is collected fortnightly for an annual fee.

See the collection calendar for the new multi-bin system at or call (02) 6670 2694.

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