Two-Bins and Recycling Voted In
Recycling is a high priority for Balonne Shire residents, according to a recent survey.
That’s why the Balonne Shire Council is moving to a two-bin system, starting July 1 this year.
Under the two-bin system, residents will have a 240L bin for general waste collected weekly, and a 240L bin for recycling collected fortnightly.
People were invited to vote at information sessions and online for either a single split bin costing $7.25 per week or a dual-bin service costing $8.25 per week.
“We wanted to understand how strongly people in our communities felt about recycling, and to invite them to have a say over the level of service they receive and associated costs involved with those choices. The clear preference was for a dual-bin service,” said Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh.
For many years, Council has not been charging the full cost of the service in the Waste Charges on rates notices, with the cost being subsidised from General Revenue. A more financially sustainable approach was needed and Council is pursuing cost recovery for this service.
Residents will notice an increase in the usual Cleansing charge for kerbside waste collection on their next rates notice (to be issued in August) to coincide with the improved waste collection services commencing July 1, 2017.
Two bins will be provided: 240L general waste, collected weekly, 240L recycling, collected fortnightly.
The ANNUAL cost is increasing from $344 to $429
The new service commences July 1, 2017.