Wollongong residents have a strong passion for the environment and are committed to helping the city achieve its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. By implementing eco-friendly practices, residents can not only reduce their carbon footprint but also save money.
Resize your red-lidded bin
To start, residents are encouraged to maximize the use of their FOGO green-lidded bin and yellow-lidded recycling bin to save on annual waste charges. By correctly utilizing these bins, it is possible to downsize the red-lidded bin and pay less in fees.
How does it work? First, use the FOGO caddy and green-lidded bin. Waste audits have shown that red-lidded bins contain approximately 30% organic material that could have been placed in the FOGO bin. There is significant room for improvement in reducing waste in the red bin.
To further reduce waste in the red bin, residents should prioritize recycling by using the yellow-lidded bin. It is important to be aware of what can and cannot be placed in the yellow-lidded bin, following the guidelines provided.
Once FOGO and recycling practices are in place, there will be extra space in the red-lidded bin for waste to landfill. Residents can then apply to resize their bin through the Wollongong Waste App, available for download from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Alternatively, they can visit the Wollongong Waste Website or call Remondis on 1300 362 360.
What are the cost savings? By downsizing from a 240L bin, which costs $847 per year, to the next size down, residents can save up to $400 in fees annually.
By implementing these simple changes, Wollongong residents can make a significant impact on both their wallets and the environment. It’s a win-win situation that allows individuals to contribute to the city’s goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while also enjoying the financial benefits of waste reduction.