Shire’s new waste pol­icy

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Changes to Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil’s Waste Col­lec­tion and Dis­posal Pol­icy will mostly af­fect use of lo­cal waste dis­posal fa­cil­i­ties by com­mu­nity groups.

In one al­ter­ation to the pol­icy, ac­cess to tip sites out of work­ing hours will be restricted to com­mu­nity groups.

In the other, it will be eas­ier for lo­cal char­ity groups to dis­pose of un­wanted items.

Ber­ri­gan Shire di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices Matt Hansen said while coun­cil has pre­vi­ously al­lowed af­ter hours ac­cess to tip sites for event or­gan­is­ers, health and safety laws have changed, thus re­strict­ing groups from ac­cess­ing the tips af­ter hours.

‘‘Some­times groups such as the Ber­ri­gan or Fin­ley Show or­gan­is­ers needed to use the tips or waste man­age­ment fa­cil­i­ties on a Sun­day, and we would give them a key and they could dump,’’ Mr Hansen said.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately work­place heath and safety doesn’t re­ally al­low us to do that any more, so we’re ask­ing them to pre-ar­range a time they can dump rub­bish.

‘‘If it’s a com­mu­nity group or not-for­profit group, we’ll send some­one to open the fa­cil­ity and su­per­vise.’’

The pol­icy re­laxes re­stric­tions on char­ity groups, par­tic­u­larly char­ity stores who are of­ten tar­gets of dump­ing.

Mr Hansen said on many oc­ca­sions char­ity groups re­ceive ‘do­nated’ old mat­tresses and other fur­ni­ture that can­not be resold or re­paired, and are be­ing left with the cost of dis­pos­ing of the items.

‘‘Peo­ple who don’t want to pay for tip­ping leave these things as a ‘do­na­tion’, but these com­mu­nity groups are stuck with the ‘do­nated’ junk and have to pay to dump it.

‘‘These groups will have an al­lowance so they can dis­pose of the un­wanted rub­bish. It’s un­fair for our lo­cal com­mu­nity groups who are work­ing hard for their towns and peo­ple, when they are left with rub­bish that should be go­ing to the tip.’’

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