Greater Shepparton appears to be more consistently keeping contamination of the organics bin under wraps, despite an increase in incorrect use of the city’s green lid bins last month.
Council data shows green lid bin contamination in Greater Shepparton jumped last month, narrowly falling short of the city council’s three per cent target.
But the council area has largely managed to keep contamination rates at a steadily low rate across the past seven months.
The council reported about 3.3 per cent rate of contaminants in the council’s green bins last month.
This is the highest rate since October, and follows three months of results comfortably less than 2.5 per cent.
But Greater Shepparton has not performed worse than four per cent since July last year.
The 2.17 per cent from January demonstrates a stark improvment from the 5.42 per cent a year before, while last month’s result also compares favourably to last February’s 6.67 per cent.
These two months were the only two times last year the rate exceeded five per cent.
The January prior had a 9.6 per cent contamination rate; one of two occasions in 2016 the rate exceeded nine per cent.
The council had previously said efforts would move from making sure the right waste was disposed in the right bin, to making sure no valuable organics were being lost to the red or yellow lid bins, with the hope of maximising organics diverted from landfill.
While levels have fluctuated across the past three years, the council has welcomed a downward trend of contamination in the organics initiative, designed to divert thousands of tonnes of green waste from landfill annually.