Bins to grow bigger

IPSWICH ratepayers will have the option of a free upsize of their recycling bins to a 360-litre bin following a successful trial.

An Ipswich City Council spokesman said the aim was for people to recycle more and reduce rubbish going to landfill.

The spokesman said a 360-litre bin was trialled by Ipswich Waste Services for 18 months.

The purpose of the trial was to determine whether the larger bins were preferred among residents and whether there were any issues associated with their use, the spokesman said.

"Trial participants primarily were selected because they had previously contacted council about insufficient space in their 240-litre recycling bin and had been provided with a second recycling bin," he said.

"During the trial these households were provided with the larger recycling bin and their usual recycling bins were removed."

He said the majority of the trial participants had found it beneficial to have access to a larger recycling bin.

"Given the success of the trial we are now giving all Ipswich residents the chance to upgrade their recycling bins to a larger size for free," he said

The spokesman said the council hoped access to the larger bins would encourage the community to recycle more.

"This has been the demonstrated result in other areas of Australia," he said.

"A trial of 586 households in Melville, just across the river from the Perth CBD, found that the use of a 360-litre recycling bin increased the volume of collected recyclables by 30% and reduced municipal waste volumes by 18%.

"We hope to achieve similar results in Ipswich," he said

The push to reuse, reduce and recycle started in earnest to minimise the effects of the Queensland Waste Levy that came into effect on December 1.

It became even more urgent as the effect of the Gillard Government's carbon tax became more apparent.

At the time, the Riverview Recycling and Refuse Centre was already recycling more than 60% of the waste it received.


To organise delivery of a larger recycling bin call 3810 6666.