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Whitsunday Regional Council has simplified its schedule of fees and charges for waste services.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the changes will make it easier for residents to understand the costs for disposing of rubbish at Council’s four waste sites.
“Council previously had 108 different fees and charges for different wastes across four different sites making it very difficult for Council staff to be able to give the right advice to residents.
“Our staff identified this as one of its six top priorities when it adopted the new Waste Management Strategy last year.
“Consultation carried out for the Waste Strategy showed that the community strongly supports the principle of “user pays” for Council waste services.
“Some commercial waste fees have increased while others have reduced to create an incentive to reduce waste going to landfill,” Mayor Willcox said.
“Ensuring the correct fees are being charged for commercial waste helps Council to keep household ratepayers waste charges low.
“Most normal household waste can be dumped free of charge free of charge at Council’s four waste sites.
“This includes household wastes up to two cubic metres per load, scrap metal and green waste,” he said.
“It also includes wastes which are more difficult to deal with such as car batteries, engine oil, mattresses and old computers and electronics.”
These changes will be in affect from Monday 5 March 2018.
Council four waste sites are Kelsey Creek landfill, Bowen landfill, Cannonvale transfer station and Collinsville transfer stations.