Council keeps waste costs down to encourage more residents to go green
  • Thursday 16 June 2016

Sunshine Coast Council’s decision to introduce no-cost dumping of mattresses and fridges at its resource recovery facilities is proving a success with figures showing a 50% increase in recycling these items over the last 12 months.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the number of mattresses disposed at the resource recovery facilities in the past financial year was up 51%, and the number of fridges had increased by 54%.

“Residents are also reminded they can dispose of gas bottles, e-waste, scrap metals, whitegoods, domestic oil, pesticides and other recyclables, at no cost,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“To achieve council’s vision to become Australia’s most sustainable region, council has committed to reducing waste going into landfills by introducing a number of other incentives.

“In the 2015/16 financial year, council reduced clean timber and plasterboard loads from $161 per tonne to $50 per tonne and those fees remain unchanged, as do the garden waste bin charges which were reduced from $70 to $60 per annum.

“Over the past year, council has seen a 13% increase in properties taking up this green bin service. That’s great for our environment and extends the life of our landfills because the green material is converted to mulch which is available for free to domestic customers when sufficient stock is available.

“These price reductions were introduced to encourage the community to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible and it appears our community is embracing the challenge.”

The standard wheelie bin collection charge has increased by $4.60 to $276, and tip fees have increased slightly. The general waste medium load tip fee has increased by $1 to $23, while a large general waste load has increased by $1 to $38.