Council keeps a lid on rubbish prices – and the mulch is free
  • Wednesday 26 June 2013

Sunshine Coast Council will remain one of the lowest-charging councils for a wheelie bin service following today’s adoption of the 2013/14 budget.

Deputy Mayor and Finance and Business Portfolio Councillor Chris Thompson said while this had been a tough budget in the wake of de-amalgamation, rising costs and reduced revenue, council is still delivering cost effective, quality services to residents.

“We have managed to keep the cost for servicing wheelie bins as low as possible—domestic customers with a 240L wheelie bin will pay $17 extra per year,” Cr Thompson said.

“A trip to the tip with a small box trailer of rubbish will cost an extra $3.

“We know some people in our community are finding it difficult to make ends meet, which is why we are doing everything we can to keep costs as low as possible.

“The increase for the average resident will be $1.22 per week for rates and waste.

“Some great news for householders – from 1 July, residents will now also be able to collect up to three cubic metres of free mulch when visiting the landfill, regardless of whether they have a green waste service.

“This service was previously only available free for those who had a garden waste bin or were delivering green waste to the landfill and a one cubic metre limit applied.

“Waste services are also on track to be more sustainable in the long-term, with council moving towards a full-cost pricing model across the board.

“This will ensure council can provide the region with essential waste services and infrastructure into the future.”