GARBAGE trucks in the Cleanaway fleet on the Central Coast have driven almost 3 million kilometres in the last 12 months – the equivalent of travelling around the world more than 70 times.
It’s just one of the fun facts to emerge from the 12-month anniversary of the start of Cleanaway’s garbage collection service for Central Coast Council this week.
“It is a substantial task to ensure household waste is efficiently collected, with an average day consisting of 56,000 household bins being emptied, 90 new bins delivered or repaired as well as 650 bulk kerbside collections removed, which doubles over the summer months,” council roads transport drainage and waste manager, Boris Bolgoff, said.
“Over the last year the 72 collection vehicles travelled 2,998,080 kilometres to empty bins across the Central Coast, which is the equivalent of driving around the world more than 74 times.”
Residential properties receive six free kerbside collections every 12 months, and those collections reset this week.
Mayor Jane Smith said these collections also contributed to keeping unwanted waste out of landfill with more than 31,000 tonnes of recycling recovered from yellow-lid bins, saving more than 225,000 cubic metres of landfill space.
“This is thanks to residents correctly sorting and disposing of their waste and helping us work towards more than 45 per cent of domestic waste being diverted from our landfill sites each year, a key deliverable of our community strategic plan,” Cr Smith said.
Cleanaway’s solid waste services NSW regional manager Michael Sankey said Cleanaway and council’s joint commitment to resource recovery had seen a dramatic reduction in contaminated bins.
“Since we commenced our bin tagging program in July 2018, contamination has dropped from one in four bins to one in 10,” Mr Sankey said.
“This is an incredible result, seeing more than 100 per cent improvement in the Central Coast community to get educated and get it sorted.
“We have also recently relaunched the improved, mobile responsive 1Coast website.
“The key improvement residents will find is the more streamlined process to book in their own services, including kerbside collections.”
To book a bulk kerbside collection or check what items can be placed in household bins visit 1coast.com.au or call 1300 126 278.