Published on 11 May 2023
Council last night voted on measures to make it easier for residents to dispose of their waste.
To help keep our streets and natural environment clean, Council also voted to increase the number of ‘clean teams’ working in our public spaces and increased compliance action for illegal dumping.
Council’s waste-related services are funded by the Waste Services Charge. The Waste Services Charge is not a ‘fee for service’ charge, but rather a recovery of costs.
The charge covers the collection, disposal and recycling of waste on all rateable properties, street and footpath sweeping, beach cleaning, public place sanitation, state government landfill levy and drain litter collection.
To pay for these extra services, Council estimates an increase of $45, bringing the total Waste Service Charge to $446 for the 2023-24 financial year.
Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Steve Holland:
“There is significant community demand for new or increased waste services. Councillors regularly receive requests for more tip vouchers, more free green waste events and lower tip fees for individual items such as tyres, fridges and mattresses.”
“We’ve listened to the community, and we’re pleased to be able to meet their expectations for waste-related services.”
“Council is very keen to ensure our public spaces are kept clean and well maintained, and we know that illegal dumping is a growing issue across the Peninsula. These measures will actively encourage people to dispose of their waste correctly and should result in a decrease in the worrying level of illegal dumping we’ve seen in recent times.”