Tip charges ex­emp­tion ap­proved

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser

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.

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