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Food scraps not to be wasted greenwaste Those living in an area not eligible for green bins can learn more about the rebate on compost bins at mornpen.vic.gov.au/compost

OPT-IN green waste bins across the Mornington Peninsula can now be filled with garden cuttings and food scraps from the kitchen. Acceptable items include fruit and vegetable scraps, meat scraps and uncooked bones, leftovers, dairy, seafood (no oyster shells), bread, desserts and rice, egg shells, loose tea leaves and coffee grounds, garden prunings, weeds and grass clippings, small plants, shrubs, leaves and branches. The waste will be turned into commercial grade compost. The shire says 43,000 households are already using the bins for garden waste. By adding food scraps residents will be helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food waste in landfill. This will help the shire reach its zero-waste target and thereby reduce our impact on climate change. Those who opted in to receive a free caddy should see them arrive this week. Any container is acceptable, but it is important to use the certified compostable liners provided by the shire free of charge. Those who didn’t order a caddy can pick up liners at Customer Service Centres at Rosebud, Hastings, and Mornington. Liners are optional, or throw your scraps straight into the bin or wrapped in newspaper. To order a free caddy or a garden and food waste bin for an annual fee of $140 visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/

Tender extended MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council last week accepted tenders by Solo Resource Recovery to collect waste and recyclables, kerbside green waste, and street and foreshore camping waste for the next 12 months. The total cost of the tenders is about $18 million. The company has handled the collections since July 2014. Infrastructure Services executive manager Rebecca Levy told the council’s Tuesday 13 July meeting that the tender extension provided the shire with added benefits. “In extending the contracts, the shire will be able to enter into a tender process in a post-COVID environment, increasing the likelihood of a beneficial future contract,” she said. “Additionally, as several Melbourne councils have also extended their contracts, the shire has been able to participate in a joint tender process with all metropolitan councils for the provision of recycling services.” Normally, a public tender process would be undertaken to evaluate the market and award contracts to a waste collection service provider to undertake the aforementioned services.

Improvement to tunnel vision TUNNELS along EastLink are the first in Victoria to be lit by LED lights. Over four nights, 1066 high pressure sodium (HPS) lights were replaced with 1174 LED lights. Up to 60 technicians and 22 scissor lifts worked through the night to remove the old HPS lights and install the new LEDs. The toll road operator says the replacement LEDs are brighter and whiter than the orange HPS lights. "The upgraded lighting will improve safety for motorists, by making the driving task easier,” EastLink corpo-

rate affairs manager Doug SpencerRoy said. Operators in the EastLink control room were benefiting from an improvement in the quality of CCTV images. EastLink incident response and emergency service personnel would also benefit, as brighter, whiter lighting would make the management of incident sites easier. "If a motorist is injured in a vehicle collision, attending paramedics will find that the new brighter, whiter lighting will assist with their treatment

of the injured person,” Mr SpencerRoy said. "Should there be a vehicle fire, Fire Rescue Victoria will have a brighter environment in which to operate their equipment." "We estimate that the new LED lighting system will consume 26 per cent less power than the old HPS system, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 469 tonnes each year.” The 39-kilometre EastLink tollway connects the Eastern, Monash, Frankston and Peninsula Link freeways.

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