CORANGAMITE Shire residents are among the top performers in the state when it comes to recycling.
According to a recent Sustainability Victoria survey of the 79 municipalities across Victoria, Corangamite Shire was ranked 11 in the state for recycling during 2010-11.
The report found that Corangamite Shire had a diversion rate of 54 per cent for kerbside recyclables and green waste, which was nine per cent above the state average.
Corangamite Shire had the second highest waste diversion rate of all rural councils in Victoria, with Moyne Shire topping the list for all municipalities.
Mayor Chris O’Connor said the results were encouraging and council was looking at more ways to increase recycling rates.
“The good results reflect the three-bin kerbside system that has been in place in Corangamite Shire for several years now and the education programs our environment team has been involved in,” he said.
“I think for us, the challenge lies in continuing to lift our diversion rates and diverting more food waste from landfill.”
Environment co-ordinator Belinda Bennett said that nearly half an average waste bin was made up of food waste that could easily be recycled in the green kerbside bin.
She said council was still distributing small bins to households for transporting food scraps from the kitchen to the green bin.