Waste management, including recycling and rubbish collection, is a core council service and important for achieving our waste management goals.
Each year we collect approximately 135,000 tonnes of recyclables (which includes 12 per cent contamination) and dispose of 180,000 tonnes of rubbish to landfill.
In 2018, China banned the importation of recyclable materials. The result of this is that companies in other countries are now paying less for our recyclable materials.
We are actively working with the recycling industry and the Ministry for the Environment to develop a local solution to the problem so we can continue to recycle.
What we are proposing
We are proposing to increase the base service waste management charge by $19.97 (38 cents per week) from $121.06 to $141.03 to cover the recycling revenue shortfall.
This change will apply to all ratepayers receiving a waste service.
What happens if we don't increase the base service charge
If we don’t increase the base service charge, then we will need to increase general rates by 0.6 per cent (further to the proposed 3.5 per cent).
The 37,000 ratepayers who don’t receive the service would then bear some of the costs.
We have rejected the option of sending recyclables to landfill as it would end up costing ratepayers more than continuing the recycling service and would be an environmentally unsound decision.
Learn more about this proposal
You can read more about the proposed changes on pages 6 to 9 of the
Supporting Information document.