Many councils around Australia have introduced green waste and recyclable collection services to reduce landfill costs; the SBRC wants residents’ views about introducing them in the South Burnett

July 1, 2013

The South Burnett Regional Council is distributing survey forms to residents about the proposed introduction of recycling and green waste kerbside collections.

The form will be mailed to all properties that currently get a kerbside refuse collection.

Council is requesting that residents read through the brief information sheet and complete the short survey, then return it in the supplied return envelope or drop it off at any Council office.

“By filling out the survey you will be assisting Council to make an informed decision about the future of waste management for the South Burnett,” a Council spokesman said.

The spokesman said there were three reasons that Council was conducting the survey:

1. Community Expectation – There was strong community input into the Community Plan for the implementation of recycling initiatives throughout the region. The implementation of kerbside recycling and green waste services would be a positive step in responding to this community expectation.

2. Environmental Sustainability – Implementing kerbside recycling is generally accepted as an environmentally sustainable and responsible practice. A waste audit conducted in the region during 2012 identified that almost half (48 per cent) of the waste in a domestic wheelie bin contained recyclable items and a further 14 per cent was green waste. Kerbside recycling and green waste collections could therefore divert large volumes of the current waste for reuse, which would otherwise end up going to landfills which costs money.

3. Long-Term Cost Savings – Landfills have a limited capacity. For example, it is estimated that the Kingaroy and Nanango landfills have an average life expectancy of 15 years before closure, while Wondai and Murgon have a combined life expectancy of 10 years at the current rates or volumes of disposal. By decreasing the volume of waste going to landfill through kerbside recycling, the community would defer these closures and costs. The costs associated with the development of a new landfill are also deferred. The cost to ratepayers for a new State Government-approved and compliant landfill could be in the order of $6 million.

The survey forms must be returned to Council by Friday, July 12.

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4 Responses to "What Do You Think About Kerbside Recycling?"

  1. Clem Fechner  July 2, 2013

    My only comment is… at what cost to the resident???

  2. John Box  July 2, 2013

    I agree Clem. If the process can not be offset by the return on the items recycled i.e. cost neutral. I don’t see an advantage. Green waste should be handled in compost facilities at each home. Our rates are high enough now.

  3. Jack Black  July 2, 2013

    Recycling will cost the ratepayer but there is no costing offered for public appraisal. There will have to be three pick-ups: recyclable waste, landfill waste and green waste. Recyclable waste will have to be separated – iron metals, aluminium, copper, brass, glass, plastics and paper. This will require a substantial investment in plant or transport to a existing facility where charges may apply. A similar survey was conducted on waste after amalgamation with a low rate of forms returned. The reliability of this ballot can be questioned as it is not independent of council or a complete ballot. Will it cost? Yes, and it will increase rapidly.

  4. John Box  July 10, 2013

    After calling Council for some further explanation on the survey, I was disappointed to find they could not advise if they would be supplying the additional bins. Makes me wonder how well this proposal was costed. Unless the proposal is cost neutral to the ratepayer or some profit for Council to reduce rates, I could not support the scheme.


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