Council increases waste charges by ‘small amount’ at transfer stations

Ararat Rural City Council has made the decision to increase charges for green and electronic waste at its transfer stations, following the adoption of their latest budget.

Council says that the price increases are being implemented to help cover some of the costs associated with disposing of the items.

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CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the Council’s transfer station charges do not fully cover the cost of waste items being disposed of, with Council subsidising these costs.

“We understand the community might be concerned about these price rises but we do need to try to minimise the cost to the organisation,” he said.

“There is an enormous amount of pressure on the waste system at the moment, and it’s really important for Council to balance the need for reasonably priced waste disposal with an economically responsible approach.”

The increase in charges are:

• Small e-waste items (televisions, microwaves, computers) – $10 each, which is no increase from last year, however, transfer stations will now also accept a bag of small, loose items (toys, electrical cords) for $10;

• Large e-waste items – a rise from $20 each last year to $25 each (minimum charge);

• Green waste, minimum load or car boot – from $8 last year to $10;

• Green waste, single axle trailer or ute – from $12 last year to $15;

• Green waste, tandem axle trailer – from $15 last year to $18;

• Green waste, truckload per m3 (maximum load 3m3 ) – from $15 per m3 to $20 per m3

The state government has recently introduced a ban on e-waste going into landfill, with residents able to dispose of items at the Ararat and Lake Bolac transfer stations.

Dr Harrison said that e-waste bags would be provided for a number of small loose items such as toys and cords and can be disposed of for $10.

Other smaller items such as televisions, DVD players, computers and printers will cost $10 each, whilst large items such as photocopiers are priced at $25 each.

Bigger items, such as refrigerators, air conditioners and freezes will remain free to dispose of, apart of Council’s scrap metal collection.

Options for the free disposal of e-waste include:

• IT equipment – printers, computers, laptops can be taken to OfficeWorks for free.

• Household batteries – Aldi has a free recycling disposal bin.

• Mobile phones – check the Mobile Muster website for more information www.mobilemuster.com.au or drop in the Zoos Victoria box located at the Ararat Regional Library.

• Televisions – Harvey Norman accepts TVs for recycling.