Council defends tip fees
Residents warned not to practice illegal dumping
THE Alpine Shire Council has defended its tip fees and waste management procedures amidst suggestions they are too expensive.
The Myrtleford transfer station was put in the spotlight recently with questions asked over a $17 fee paid for 6x4m of green waste compared to at Wodonga’s tip where there is no cost.
A $25 cost for couch and mattress disposal also ag- grieved locals with some on social media suggesting residents were better off illegally dumping.
And while comparisons are often made with the Wodonga and Wangaratta tips, prices at the three Alpine Shire transfer stations mostly mirror those in the Indigo Shire.
The Indigo Shire has slightly more expensive prices for mattresses and lounge chairs but is slightly cheaper for tyres and general house waste.
Alpine Shire director of corporate Nathalie Cooke said costs associated with having rubbish taken away is one of the reasons for higher charges compared to big centres.
“Consistent with how we have approached other services of council, we work very hard to keep costs as low as possible for our community at our transfer stations,” she said.
“The reality is that there is a significant cost in the disposal of goods that we receive at these facilities.
“For example, the cost of us disposing of a single seater couch is more than $30, which is twice what our customers are charged.”
Both the Alpine and Indigo shires also charge for green waste due to a lack of compost facilities in the region.
The Alpine Shire has long had plans for a third bin to be implemented but the exact dynamics are a sticking point.
Council must consider where to send the waste, how to get it there and whether or not it would be more feasible to create something themselves.
Wangaratta has just applied for a permit to build a compost facility which could potentially be of use.
People who caught illegally dumping can be fined up to $1250.