In a move that could eventually be taken up across Australia, Melbourne councils may soon start collecting ratepayers rubbish fortnightly as a plan to help reduce food waste ending up in landfill.

A state government agency has recommended that food and garden refuse should be collected in special bins every week and converted to compost.

However they plan to make the current weekly garbage collection become a fortnightly service, to help encourage more recycling.

It’s believed that some councils have already begun consulting ratepayers about the unorthodox move.

But Gideon Rozner, from free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, believes councils should keep existing services and not inconvenience families.

“Councils’ core business is to collect rubbish, fix local roads, and keep rates low,” he said.

“Now it looks like they can’t even get rubbish collection right, thanks to the demands of noisy green bureaucrats.”


The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group revealed that food scraps made up more than a third of the 878,000 tonnes of rubbish sent to landfill last year in Melbourne alone.

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