It’s piles of garbage that’s been dominating some of the Goondiwindi Councils’ time and a new approach is on the way.
Dealing with waste throughout the Region will change in the new financial year with the introduction of kerbside recycling in all urban areas, transfer stations in Toobeah, Talwood and Inglewood and the start of commercial waste charges in Goondiwindi.
Waste Portfolio Councillor Rob Mackenzie says that from the 1st of July this year every resident or business who currently has a kerbside bin service will receive a yellow lid recycle bin that will be emptied fortnightly.
“This service is being introduced in response to demand from residents and to reduce the amount of rubbish being put into our dumps throughout the region. Every cubic metre of space taken up will cost Council almost $120 to replace when we need to build new dumps to current design standards. If we can reduce 30 – 40% through a recycling program, then the numbers start to add up for our region.”
Visitors to the dump in Inglewood will also see a new transfer station introduced that will see rubbish taken to the dump face several times a week to be properly compacted and covered in an attempt to save space and reduce the amount of litter that currently escapes.
Inglewood residents will still be able to deliver all types of waste including green waste to the dump but will be encouraged to better separate the recyclables into their designated areas where possible.
The other change will see Council introduce charges at its weighbridge in Goondiwindi for large commercial users who deliver some types of waste.
Councillor Mackenzie says that currently, more than 50% of space at the dump is taken up with commercial waste.
“Until now, all of the cost created through collecting rubbish and operating our dumps was paid by the residents who had a kerbside collection service through their bin charge. This will change with some of the cost now collected directly from those who use the dump the most.”
The moves are in line with operations in place in most other councils across the state where there’s also a waste management levy to cover part of the cost of operating dumps and rehabilitating them at the end of their life.
Councillor Mackenzie says Council says it will consider the introduction of a Waste Management Levy to every rate notice across the region including those that do not have a collection service.
“It is obvious that people other than those with a bin service use the various dumps and roadside bins and this is a way of having them contribute to that cost.”
“Based on our modelling to date these changes will see the average household service increase by .82c per week after adding the recycling service.”
“People will ask why is Council wasting all of this money? The answer is that times have changed, and we can’t just dig holes and bury our problems any longer.”
“Queensland appears to be one of the only states without a landfill levy where Councils pay a levy to the state government for every tonne of rubbish that is buried. It’s only a matter of time before it lands with us, so these changes now are about trying to reduce that cost through making people think about their waste, possibly change their habits and reduce the rubbish that they do send to the ground.”
Council says it will be releasing more detailed information about each program and initiative over the next 6 months as it is rolled out.