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Waste & Recycling Management

System Overview

What can be recycled?

Collection Calendar

Conditions of Bin Collection

Waste Depot/ Transfer Station Opening Times

Waste Depot/ Transfer Station Fees

Waste Management Service Charge

Further Information 

 

 New System Overview  

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The District Council of Elliston's current waste service will shortly be changing. Council is moving to a much improved waste and recycling collection service which will ensure that Council's waste management system is safe, easy to use and environmentally responsible.

 

The new system will start from Tuesday 16 September 2008

 

Household rubbish will be collected each Tuesday from 140L RED top wheelie bins, 

and recycling waste will be collected fortnightly on a Tuesday from 240L YELLOW top wheelie bins.

 

To have your waste collected, you will therefore need to purchase a 140L waste and a 240L recycling bin by Tuesday 9 September 2008.

 

Council has successfully obtained Zero Waste grant funding to significantly reduce the cost of the recycling bin you will require.

The two-bin system is designed to improve rubbish collection and enhance recycling. Your recycling waste must be separated from household waste and therefore both bins are required for kerbside collection.  Unsorted waste will not be collected.

Council will be conducting an education program in the coming months to explain what can and cannot be recycled, and how to effectively compost. 

 

Residents can also register for a free home compost bin for your garden. Council has a limited number available and they will be distributed on a first in first serve basis.

 

  What can be recycled?

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It is extremely important to only put out the recyclable materials collected by your council. While placing wrong materials or putting food waste in the recycling container may seem harmless, it can contaminate the whole load.  If there is contamination, the load will not be accepted. Sorting recycling products keeps recycling system viable and ensures that your waste is recycled into new products.

 

How to Prepare Materials for Recycling

Recycling - Paper

  Paper and Cardboard

 

YES - Newspapers, magazines, advertising leaflets, letters, writing paper, cardboard and cardboard boxes, egg cartons & envelopes

NO - Jamming cardboard into your recycling bin - it needs to be able to be easily emptied. Jammed loads will not be emptied.

Recycling - Glass

  Glass, bottles and Jars

 

YES - Clear, Green and Brown e.g. glass jars, soft drink/ mineral water bottles, wine bottles and beer bottles

Council requires glass to be separated, therefore try to avoid breaking bottles

NO - Broken window and windscreen glass, heat-treated glass (e.g. Pyrex), white opaque bottles, medical, china, ceramic bottles or stones.

Recycling - Tin

  Aluminium cans, foil and steel cans

 

YES - Aluminium soft drink and beer cans, aluminium cooking foil, food and pet food cans, coffee, oil, paint and aerosol cans, bottle tops and jam jar lids.

PREPARATION - Remove any plastic caps. Do not add foreign objects, such as stones or cigarette butts to the cans as they can interfere with the recycling process.

Recycling - milk

 Milk and juice cartons (liquidpaperboard)

 

YES - All gable top milk and juice cartons. Brick shaped cartons (e.g. long life milk and juices).

REMOVE LIDS.

Recycling - Plastic

 Plastic

 

YES - Soft drink bottles, fruit juice bottles, plastic milk, cream and juice bottles, juice and cordial bottles, plastic wrap, meat trays, chip packets, plastic supermarket bags.

REMOVE LIDS. Squash bottles to save space.

 scrap metal

 Business recycling

 

YES - Small scrap metal, zinc, aluminium, brass, copper under 3mm thick, sorted and separated into appropriate areas

Note:   Roofing iron, guttering, car parts, large scrap metal and whitegoods such as fridges, freezers and washing machines are not acceptable as sorted household waste and    recycling but are classed as large scrap metal and charges will apply.

 

    Collection Calendar

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140L red top household waste bin will be collected weekly eachTuesday beginning 16th September 2008.

 

240L yellow top recycling bins will be collected fortnightly on Tuesdays as per the schedule below. Recycling bins from Elliston and Pt Kenny will be collected fortnightly beginning Tuesday 16th September, and recycling bins from Lock and Venus Bay will be collected fortnightly beginning 23rd September.

Refer to 2017 Kerbside Collection Calendar(166 kb)

 

  Conditions of bin Collection: 

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The following constitutes grounds for refusal to make clearance of refuse placed out for collection:

  • the bin contained matter prohibited by Council's policy;
  • the bin was late being placed out for collection, or was not positioned in accordance with Council's policy; (bins to be out by 6am on the morning of collection or the night before)
  • the bin was placed out for collection in front of a premises which did not have an occupied building on it;
  • rubbish was jammed or stuck in the bin, or it was over filled;
  • the bin was too heavy;
  • the recycling bin contained contaminated recycling (i.e. mixed non recyclable with recyclable).

Rubbish lying on the ground next to the bin will not be collected.

Failing to separate recyclables from your household waste will result in no collection.

 

  Waste Depot/ Transfer Station Opening Times

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Following a survey regarding waste site opening times, Council has resolved the following waste site opening times, effective from Monday 10th September 2007

Elliston waste site

  • Mondays 10-12 noon
  • Wednesdays 10-12 noon
  • Saturdays 10-12 noon
  • and the next week day after a public holiday from 10-12 noon

Venus Bay waste site

  • Wednesday 8-10am
  • Saturday 10-12am
  • Monday 2-4pm (During November - January)

Lock waste site

  • Wednesday 2-4pm
  • Saturday 9-11am

 

  Waste Depot/ Transfer Station Fees 08/09

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The following fees and charges apply to waste entering Council's waste sites during opening times:

Waste Depot Fees and Charges 2008/09

RATEPAYERS ONLY (INCLUDING TOWN BUSINESSES):

TYPE OF WASTE

  Load 1m3  up to 10m3deposited at VB landfill site

 SMALL 6X4 TRAILER

(up to 1 m3)

All transfer stations/ landfill sites

LARGE TRAILER

(1m3 up to 1.5m3)

All transfer stations/ landfill sites

  SMALL TRUCK

(1.5m3 up to 3 m3)

Elliston and Lock transfer stations

TRUCK

(3m3 up to 10m3)

Elliston and Lock transfer stations

Sorted household waste & recyclable waste &

Business recycling

Separated & deposited in designated areas - RATEPAYERS

Up to 1.5 m3FREE - max 1 large trailer/ day.

Greater than 1.5 m3: $30

FREE

max 2 trailers per day

 RATEPAYERS ONLY

FREE

max 1 trailer per day

RATEPAYERS ONLY

$50

$150

 

Ratepayers must show their Ratepayer/ Waste Depot card upon entering the Waste Depot/ Transfer Station to receive the free deposit.

RATEPAYERS AND NON-RATEPAYERS:

TYPE OF WASTE

Load 1mup to 10m3 of waste

  deposited at VB landfill site

SMALL 6X4 TRAILER

(up to 1 m3)

All transfer stations/ landfill sites

LARGE TRAILER

(1m3 up to 1.5 m3)

Elliston and Lock transfer stations)

SMALL TRUCK

(1.5m3 up to 3 m3)

Elliston and Lock transfer stations

TRUCK

(3m3 up to 10m3)

Elliston and Lock transfer stations

Sorted household waste - separated and deposited in designated areas

$30

$20 per additional trailer in any one day

$30 per additional trailer in any one day

$50

$150

Unsorted household waste/ sorted green waste

$40

$25

$40

$80

$250

Business waste /large scrap metal Building material/ furniture/ whitegoods/all other  non-household and unsorted waste

$50

$30

$50

$100

$300

Opening fee - to enter waste site outside of prescribed opening hours $35 per entry plus relevant fees above if applicable. NB The after hours service is limited to between 9am-5pm weekdays and will need to be arranged in advance by calling the Council and is subject to staff availability.

Fees will be collected upon entry

All waste streams must be separated and deposited in the designated areas.

Note: Ratepayers will receive a Ratepayer/ Waste Depot card with their Rates Notice which entitles them to deposit up to one large trailer of sorted household waste for free during opening times

Note:

  • Ratepayers exceeding the daily maximum are required to pay fees for excess waste
  • For definition of acceptable recyclables; refer above

 

  Waste Management Service Charge

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Waste Management is a large expense for the District Council of Elliston, and costs associated with complying with legislation have resulted in waste management costs increasing.

In 2007/08 Council introduced a waste management service charge which was aimed at highlighting the costs associated with waste management by separating the cost from the general rates (i.e. rates notices would show a separate line item for waste management).

The waste management service charge is tiered and based on the philosophy that those that use the system the most should pay proportionately higher than those that use it the least.

 

Why is waste management so expensive?

The District Council of Elliston faces high costs in the area of waste management due to the following reasons:

  • An increasingly stringent approach by the Environmental Protection Authority in the enforcement of its new guidelines for operating Waste Management sites (this has increased site development and operating costs in order to further reduce impact to the environment).
  • A doubling of the State Government levy that is imposed on Councils for each tonne of waste produced.
  • A State Government focus on having Councils reduce the number of waste sites operating in their districts (this has significantly increased Councils development and transport costs as all non-recyclable waste is now required to be transported to Venus Bay).
  • Contemporary Occupational Health & Safety standards are dictating that Council needs to move to a mechanical waste collection method
  • Location and transport costs

Council has closed its landfill operations at Elliston, Pt Kenny and Murdinga and is in the process of ceasing landfill activities at Lock, aiming to cap and rehabilitate the Lock landfill site in 2008/09.

The Elliston and Lock waste sites will become transfer stations (i.e. people can still deposit waste and recycling at the station however waste will be transported to the Venus Bay landfill site.

The 2008/09 Waste Management Service Charge was determined at Council's Special Meeting on 28 July 2008:

That pursuant to Section 155 of the Local Government Act 1999 the Council declares an annual service charge for the financial year ending 30 June 2009 on land within the Council's area to which the Council provides or makes available the prescribed service of the collection, treatment or disposal of waste based upon the level of usage of the service and varied according to category of land use as follows:

  • That vacant allotments within the kerbside collection route be charged the same amount as residential allotments within the kerbside collection route.
  • That single farm enterprises and adjoining allotments are only charged the annual service charge in respect of the assessment constituting their principal place of residence.

 

Residential, Primary Production, Vacant land and Other land use outside the kerbside collection route and outside the bin bank zone

  • 0 - 0.3 cubic metres of waste per week on average $195 per annum;

Residential land use within 1.6 km of the Bramfield bin bank

  • 0 - 0.3 cubic metres of waste per week on average $220 per annum;

Residential land use within 0.5 km of the Elliston Fringe bin bank

  • 0 - 0.3 cubic metres of waste per week on average $220 per annum;

Residential and Vacant land use within the kerbside collection route

  • 0 - 0.3 cubic metres of waste per week on average $250 per annum;

Commercial - Shop, Commercial - Office, Commercial - Other, Industry - Light, Industry - Other and Other land use within the kerbside collection route

  • 0 - 0.3 cubic metres of waste per week on average $250 per annum;
  • 0.3-0.6 cubic metres of waste per week on average $480 per annum;
  • greater than 0.6 cubic metres of waste per week on average $720 per annum;

 

 Further Information

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Please refer to the following documents for further information see our FAQ Summary:

Recycling - Q and A(43 kb)

 

 

District Council of Elliston
21 Beach Terrace
Elliston SA 5670
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