RECYCLE IT RIGHT
Save money and the planet
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.