Coun­cil de­fends tip fees

Res­i­dents warned not to prac­tice il­le­gal dump­ing

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI tspi­teri@ne­me­

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.

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