A Sydney council has backflipped on its controversial bin policy after mass complaints from locals.
Inner West Council’s Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin service was introduced in October last year — and was met with immediate backlash.
Under the service, red bin collection was reduced to once a fortnight and residents were pushed to utilise the weekly green bin collection.
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While many locals said they supported the concept, the rollout of the scheme has been heavily criticised.
Locals blasted the service for leaving waste such as nappies and pet faeces sitting in bins for extended periods of time — and during the hottest time of the year.
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Inner West Council claims “food recycling in the Inner West is proving to be a huge success”, and 5900 tonnes of organic waste had been diverted to compost.
But it has now been proposed that the council reintroduce weekly red bin collection, with the caveat that locals have to opt in for increased services.
Providing more practical assistance to residents would help make food recycling an ongoing success, Mayor Darcy Byrne said.
“We know that it’s not one size fits all and we want to provide even more support to households that are finding the fortnightly red bin collection a challenge,” he said.
“A free, opt-in weekly red bin collection will help parents with small children manage disposal of nappies as well as larger households with bigger volumes of waste.”
The council estimates that if 15 per cent of local households take up the new, opt-in service, the cost would be approximately $1 million per annum.
The proposal will be voted on by councillors at the February 13 meeting.
Inner West Council has been contacted for comment.