Council announces cost of three bin system

The three bin system to be rolled out across the Alpine Shire this July will cost the majority of ratepayers an additional $95 in waste charges compared to the charges applied this year, pending the adoption of the 2023/24 budget. 

06 April 2023

The $95 increase will apply to around 5,000 properties within the Alpine Shire which will move to a fortnightly 80L waste and fortnightly 240L recycling collections, as well as a weekly 240L FOGO collection. 

A smaller number of ratepayers who receive a service other than the standard sized bins will see a different net increase or decrease on their kerbside service charges. 

The three bin system includes the new Food Organic and Garden Organic kerbside service, which allows disposal of all food and garden waste, as well as other items such as tissues, paper towel, some pet waste and noxious weeds. 

Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth said based on an audit in 2021 of our general waste bins from both urban and rural properties, 50 per cent of waste currently going to landfill is organic material. 

"The new FOGO service will allow residents to make a serious impact on the quantity of materials currently being sent to landfill, resulting in considerable benefits to the environment," he said. 

"This new service is an essential step towards a more sustainable future for our community and our environment." 

The FOGO bin will be compulsory for all properties that currently receive a weekly waste collection; however it will be optional for commercial CBD shopfronts. 

With the introduction of a new waste contract achieved through a competitive tender process, Council is also changing the way it charges for kerbside waste collection. 

Cr Forsyth said the new cost recovery model is in line with the majority of Victorian councils and is considered best practice. 

"We are making the system fairer, and this is a clear and transparent way of charging for waste collection," he said. 

"From July this year, properties will be charged on a per litre rate for disposal, recycling and processing according to their bin size for each service." 

All properties will also pay the same general waste charge, which recovers costs associated with public place bins, kerbside bin infrastructure, transfer station operating costs, landfill capping works and waste education.  

This was previously listed on rates notices as the waste management charge. 

If you'd like more information, or have any questions about FOGO you'd like answered, Council will be running pop-ups at four upcoming markets and encourages everyone to stop by and chat to our staff and Councillors. 

> Harrietville Bush Market | Sunday, 9 April 2023 

> Bright’s Make It, Bake It, Grow It Market | Saturday, 15 April 2023 

> Myrtleford Farmers Market | Saturday, 22 April 2023  

> Mount Beauty Market | Saturday, 6 May 2023 

If you can't make our pop-ups and would like more information on FOGO, please visit or contact our Customer Service team on 03 5755 0555. 

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