Tip charges exemption approved
Operators will again be allowed to drop sand loads at the Millar Road Landfill for free, after fees and charges were temporarily implemented by the City of Rockingham at the start of the month.
Some operators were angered when they were hit with a new cost in dropping sand at the facility, required to pay $86/tonne.
The cost of dropping sand at the Millar Road Landfill was originally free because of preexisting Department of Water and Environmental Regulation exemptions, which covered the State Government’s Landfill Levy.
However, the City’s application to renew the exemption was not approved by DWER by the start of November, resulting in charges being implemented to operators.
“The City could no longer continue to accept sand free of charge and began charging $86 per tonne in accordance with its schedule of fees and charges,” Mayor Barry Sammels said.
New changes also meant bigger operators were required to book before they arrived to ensure large volumes of sand could be accepted at the facility.
Following a meeting between the City and DWER this month, two exemptions were approved, granting the City permission to again receive sand at no charge.