Brisbane Fee Cut Sparks Surge in Green Waste Recycling Bin Orders

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Residents of The Gap are leading the charge in adopting green waste recycling bins in Brisbane, after the annual fee has been slashed to under $1 per week.


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The Gap accounted for 39 of the 1,372 green bins ordered in July 2023 across Brisbane, according to Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner. This represents a threefold increase compared to the same month last year, when only 452 bins were ordered citywide.

The surge in green bin orders comes after a council decision on July 1 to permanently reduce the annual green waste recycling fee from $93 to $45, or less than $1 per week. Cr Schrinner said the fee cut is part of the council’s $80 million cost of living relief package in the 2023/24 budget.

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“Rising living costs are the number one issue for Brisbane households right now and that’s why our Budget is focused on helping them,” Cr Schrinner said. “I’m pleased that our decision to cut the fee has led to over 1,300 new Brisbane households adopting a green bin.”

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The city currently has around 138,500 households with green bins that are collected fortnightly. Mayor Schrinner hopes the reduced cost will encourage more residents to adopt green waste recycling as Brisbane gears up to expand its food organics recycling program in the future.

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The council reminds residents to check if they have enough space to store a new green bin before ordering one. Households are limited to two bins maximum, but can request more if needed. Visit the council website for more information on green waste recycling bins, such as the acceptable and unacceptable bin items.

Published 17-August-2023