June 28, 2022
South Burnett Regional Council (SBRC) is proposing that a kerbside recycling collection service start in January.
The plan, which would cost ratepayers $70 a year, is being considered as part of Council’s 2022-23 Budget deliberations.
The SBRC has been investigating the introduction of a recycling service since January, running internal workshops and discussing the idea with current and prospective service providers.
“Government policy is changing, with Waste Levy reform under way,” Mayor Brett Otto said.
“We now find ourselves in a position where we must expand our recycling efforts to divert waste from landfill, to reduce the pinch of the levy.”
But before a recycling collection service can begin, a Materials Recovery Facility for the sorting and bulking up of co-mingled recyclables must be found.
“We have a technologically advanced facility nearby, managed by Cherbourg Aboriginal Council, and they are keen to ramp up their operations to accept our recyclables,” Mayor Otto said.
A Council spokesperson said a kerbside recycling service would divert about 3000 tonnes a year of material from landfill.
The cost would be partially offset by operational savings with as much as $300,000 in disposal costs saved.
The recycling collection service would cost ratepayers $35 per bin per half year if it begins in January 2023.
“Recycling improves the health of our environment by reducing landfill gas and leachate emissions and will support the local economy through job creation at the Materials Resource Facility at Cherbourg,” Mayor Otto said.
Further community engagement will occur over the next six months, addressing kerbside recycling and waste management more generally.