Let council know your thoughts on a green bin scheme for multi-unit dwellings that would save money and help the environment

Food waste, green bins and MUDs

You'll be helping us save money, and the environment too

Mayor Peta Pinson

This week I'd like to talk to you about MUDs.

Not the type of mud that came about from the rain we've had over the weekend, but multi-unit dwellings such as unit blocks, villas, townhouses and retirement villages.

There's about 5000 people who live in multi-unit dwellings in our region who don't have a green bin?

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste goes to landfill each year, and too much of this is green waste that could be recycled and turned into compost.

That's why last year we conducted a pilot program to try and reduce the amount of green waste to landfill, and thanks to Paul Jones and everyone at Garden Village who took part.

Mayor Peta Pinson

The residents at Garden Village got new green bins and saved close to 25,000 kilograms of green waste from going into landfill.

And that's not just good for our community, it's also really great for the environment and our hip pockets, because council pays for every tonne of waste that goes to landfill.

The unit block I'm at today has signage to remind residents what goes into each bin, and stickers on the bins as a further reminder, which is really handy.

We're doing a great job as a community knowing what to put into our red bins, and yellow bins ... but if you don't have a green bin you can't put anything in it.

So that's what we're doing, making sure that we increase the number of green bins for those who live in multi-unit dwellings.

What I need everyone who lives in a MUD to do, is jump onto council's website and express their interest in getting a green bin.

You'll be helping us save money, and the environment too.