Save on rates and landfill by reducing bin size

Residents are encouraged to reduce their bin size. PHOTO: Wollongong City Cou ncil.

Residents are encouraged to reduce their bin size. PHOTO: Wollongong City Council.

RESIDENTS of the northern Illawarra are being asked to look after the environment by decreasing the size of their waste bins, and the amount of rubbish that’s sent to landfill.

Wollongong City Council is once again running its annual promotion to encourage householders to decrease the size of their waste bin.

Council has three sizes for its red-top garbage bins. These are: 80, 120 and 240 litres. The largest bin is the same size as the yellow-top recycling and green bins. By swapping a 240 litre bin for an 80 litre bin, ratepayers can save more than $300 on their annual waste levy.

There is no fee associated with decreasing the size of the general waste bin, and it can be done at any time throughout the year

However, if you wish to increase the size of your bin, Council is waiving the $62 fee until 28 February. Increasing the size of your bin will change your waste levy on your rates.

Only property owners can change the size of their red-top garbage bin. If you rent your premises you’ll need to contact your managing agent or owner to discuss a bin size change.

Whether you want to increase or decrease the size of your waste bin, you’ll find the forms you need to fill out on our website under ‘Waste’. For more information, call the Waste Hotline on 1300 362 360.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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