16 June, 2022

Somerset waste management overhaul

THE much-discussed introduction of recycling services across the Somerset region will begin during the second half of 2022, including the delivery of new recycle bins to residents.

Recycling bins will be introduced to the Somerset region in 2022.
Recycling bins will be introduced to the Somerset region in 2022.

The new service will not come cheap, with the council forecasting the waste contract will now cost more than $2.3 million annually.

In 2021-2022, the waste service contract cost $1,393,000.

As well as the delivery of yellow lid recycling bins across the region, residents in the former Kilcoy Shire will also receive a larger, 240-litre, rubbish bin, to replace the existing 140-litre bin.

The new services will now cost $343.20 per year, for either a single waste bin service, or a two bin service, covering a weekly waste bin service and a fortnightly recycling bin service.

Councillor Sean Choat, the Natural Environment Recovery Sub-Group representative, said the move would provide all properties with a standardised waste service across the region.

The uniform service will include one 240 L general waste bin to be collected each week and one 240 L yellow lid recycle bin to be collected every fortnight with information showing what can and can’t go in the recycling bin,” Cr Choat said. 

The council also voted to remove the prompt payment discount from the waste management fee, due to the increase in the cost.


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