Save money and the planet

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - SHANE FOWLES

GEE­LONG re­gion coun­cils are re­ly­ing on res­i­dents to prop­erly dis­pose of their waste, so they can ben­e­fit from a per­for­mance-based deal.

On the back of the Chi­naled re­cy­cling cri­sis, G21 coun­cils have struck an agree­ment with waste con­trac­tor SKM.

Co­lac Ot­way Shire Mayor Joe McCracken said the price, at $45 per tonne, was sub­ject to re­cy­cling bins hav­ing a max­i­mum of 7 per cent con­tam­i­nated ma­te­rial.

“That means coun­cil will pay for haulage and dis­posal for con­tam­i­nated ma­te­ri­als over that 7 per cent, which will be costly for coun­cil and ratepay­ers,” he said.

“This is why it’s crit­i­cal that we all re­cy­cle right and get it right on bin night.”

Cr McCracken said improve­ment was needed, with con­tam­i­na­tion rates around 10 per cent dur­ing the term of the pre­vi­ous con­tract.

Gee­long coun­cil has been through sim­i­lar is­sues, re­veal- ing last year that its re­cy­cling con­tam­i­na­tion had reached 9.5 per cent, threat­en­ing $350,000 in rev­enue.

Its lat­est au­dits re­vealed that 14 per cent of what Gee­long res­i­dents were putting in their kerb­side rub­bish bins could ac­tu­ally be re­cy­cled.

Co­lac Ot­way Shire is urg­ing res­i­dents to take care sep­a­rat­ing the ma­te­rial for their three bins, ahead of new bin in­spec­tions start­ing next week.

Cr McCracken said the in­spec­tions would de­ter­mine the cost of pro­cess­ing re­cy­cling for the coun­cil.

“Not only do we need to take care with our re­cy­cling to help save the planet, we also need to save our com­mu­nity money,” Cr McCracken said.

SKM had put for­ward a con­tract agree­ment that fea­tured a no-con­tam­i­na­tion clause, how­ever coun­cils were able to ne­go­ti­ate a level of 7 per cent. Gee­long coun­cil-funded work­shops will be held at the South Bar­won Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Bel­mont this month to show res­i­dents how to im­prove their re­cy­cling ef­forts.

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