Citywide will be installing waste compactors this month in Melbourne's laneways to support the City's sustainability goals.
This month, Citywide continues its support of a sustainable Melbourne through the installation of two above-ground waste compacters. The Compacters in Laneways project will trial in two areas of the city identified as ‘hotspots’: Bullens Lane in Chinatown and Kirks Lane near the popular Hardware Lane.
Melbourne’s laneways add to the character of the City and are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. As the central city’s population has grown, so has the waste that inevitably ends up in Melbourne’s many hidden streets. Odour, overflowing bins and dumped rubbish act as deterrents to people who visit these laneways to admire the street art and discover hidden bars, restaurants and shops. The Compacters in Laneways project is part of an overall solution to tackle these issues and encourage better recycling and waste management practises.
Businesses and residents in the vicinity of the laneways can use the compacters on a daily basis to dispose of their waste. These project participants will be provided with security cards and will be given directions on how to correctly use the machines.
Each compacter can hold the volume of five waste trucks, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated from waste collection and disposal. The reduction in the high volume of waste trucks that travel through the CBD will also help reduce general noise and traffic congestion. The newly compacted waste will also reduce the volume of waste going to landfill.
The City of Melbourne is the first council in Australia to introduce this type of infrastructure in a public place.