THE Ballarat City Council is committed to delivering a green waste kerbside collection service to residents whether it joins forces with Bendigo or not, a senior officer says.
The council voted this week to partner with the City of Greater Bendigo to explore options for a regional commercial green waste processing plant.
The City of Greater Bendigo has indicated interest, but is yet to commit to a resolution on the initiative.
Ballarat city infrastructure general manager Eric Braslis said the council was committed to introducing a kerbside green waste service within the first four years of its term.
By partnering with another regional city to introduce the service, it could drive more cost-effective outcomes, he said.
Similar partnership are already being put into practice by Albury and Wodonga councils and some councils around Gippsland.
Mr Braslis said a processing plant could get food scraps and green waste out of landfill and turn it into a commercial product, such as converting it into energy.
Ballarat residents had indicated they were willing to pay extra for the service on top of their current waste collection charges, he said.
The council has received a $500,000 Sustainability Victoria grant that could be used to establish the service.
“As a regional city, more and more of our community is expecting this service,” Mr Braslis said.
“Hopefully we can deliver efficiencies.”
The Ballarat City Council hopes to put a joint tender out to the market as early as the end of this year.
City of Greater Bendigo manager of sustainable environment Robyn Major recently told The Courier the two cities had the same problem – a need to get organics out of the general waste stream.
She said the City of Greater Bendigo was interested in the proposal but a decision would not be made for at least six months, while its viability was investigated.