Starting 27 July 2020, residents of the City of Casey would have noticed a brand-new fleet of Cleanaway waste, recycling and FOGO trucks rolling down the streets on bin day. The start of our service follows the signing of a seven-year contract with City of Casey council late last year, to collect all three waste streams and process Casey recyclables at the Victoria Commingled Resource Recovery (VCRR) network.
Cleanaway’s rollout will see 34 side lift vehicles operating from our Perry Road depot to support the largest council by population in Victoria.
Pictured: Brand new fleet ready to service City of Casey
In addition to commingled recycling, residents are now able to put food scraps into their garden waste bin so it can all be turned into compost under a Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) service.
Our comprehensive waste management service also includes recycling education support for residents through new truck artwork with recycling advice and tailored education programs for the community.
Pictured: New truck artwork featuring waste and recycling tips
A waste and recycling information webinar took place on 13 August where we had the opportunity to speak with residents about all things Cleanaway and recycling.
Waste Education Officer Olivia O’Neill was on hand to answer any questions residents had about their new waste service provider and about recycling through the VCRR network. The VCRR network of facilities was acquired by Cleanaway in October 2019 from the SKM Recycling Group, whose closure in July 2019 greatly affected the reputation of recycling in Victoria.
Olivia welcomed the start of our service and said, “Special thanks go out to Operations Supervisors Greg Vournechis, Pat Reuben and Ash Inglis, as well as the drivers operating in the South East for providing an exceptional service to council and residents. Residents can do their bit by keeping up to date on the latest recycling rules to ensure that bins are not contaminated with materials that don’t belong.”
“Contamination makes recycling more difficult and expensive to process. Depending on the extent of the contamination, it can also ruin whole batches of otherwise good recyclables, and everything has to be sent to landfill.” said Olivia.
The top four contaminants of recycling identified by council are bagged rubbish and recycling, textiles and soft plastics.
Items that are no longer accepted in the kerbside bin are:
- Milk/juice bottle caps
- Milk/juice cartons
- Black plastic (such as plastic meat trays)
- Caps from glass bottles and jars (but you can put metal lids in separately)
- Plastics types 6 and 7
- Pots and pans
For the latest acceptance rules and to find out more about City of Casey’s kerbside collection services, visit https://www.casey.vic.gov.au/waste
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