THE GO Organics trial in Kiama Downs has been hailed a success, with plans to build new waste processing facilities at Minnamurra.
Despite some teething problems, including odour and limited red bin capacity leading to some rubbish being placed in recycling bins, the trial saved 1517 tonnes of waste from landfill.
This reduction saved Kiama Municipal Council $465,179 in tipping fees.
"It's gone very well - it's a testament to the residents of Kiama Downs that they've taken it on board and changed their behaviour," waste minimisation officer Josephine St John said.
Kiama Downs resident Wayne Hogan said he was happy with the new system, which had become "a way of life".
However, he was disappointed the council had not yet sourced biodegradable nappies, which could go in the organics bin.
Ms St John encouraged residents experiencing difficulties with the system to contact the council.
The council has approved the trial system to continue.
During the trial the greenwaste bin became the organics bin, taking on food scraps in addition to garden waste.
The organics and recycling bins were collected weekly, while the red-lidded bin went to a fortnightly collection.
Food waste collected during the trial was converted manually into fertiliser at the Minnamurra Waste and Recycling Depot. However, the council is set to build a larger facility to cope with anticipated waste volumes.
Ms St John said the composting system, developed in New Zealand, would control heat, moisture and oxygen levels.
The new facility will cost about $4.4 million.
If its application for a state government grant is knocked back, the council could increase household waste charges, but Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler was confident of success.
"This is an innovative program, so we believe it will tick all the boxes in terms of grant funding," he said.