City undertakes organics trial with CBD food businesses

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The City of Greater Bendigo is holding a trial organics collection with 16 local food businesses within the CBD to keep organic waste out of landfill.

City of Greater Bendigo Resource Recovery Development Coordinator Bridgette McDougall said the 16 CBD businesses are participating in a four month trial of twice weekly collections to test what works and what does not for the businesses involved.

“Each business will be provided with two 140 litre organics bins which will be collected on Tuesday and Friday and City staff will regularly monitor the bins for contamination,” Ms McDougall said.

“For some time local business owners have been asking for an organics collection and residents also want to see business diverting their organic waste from landfill and the trial fulfils a key objective of the City’s Waste and Resource Management Strategy.

“While our current contract is for organics collection in urban areas only we will continue to investigate feasible organic diversion options for businesses.

“Since the City’s residential organic collections commenced in September 2016 more than 15,000 tonnes of organic waste has been diverted from landfill tonnes of waste from our landfill.”

Businesses participating in the trial include Café Essence, Crust Pizza, Four Ponies, Zambrero, GPO, The Epicurian, Green Olive, Masons of Bendigo, New Freedom Bakery, Old Green Bean, Schnitz, Johnny’s Fruit and Veg, Sim’R, La Cecil’s, Cantina Mexicana and Handle Bar.

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