Green waste kerbside collection feasibility review now complete

A review into the feasibility of a green waste kerbside collection service for the Shire is now complete.

The review, undertaken by Council’s Operations Department, was considered by Councillors at the Ordinary Council Meeting held at the Council Chambers Crookwell yesterday.

The review provided modelling based on fortnightly collections in spring and autumn, monthly collections in summer and no collections in winter, with costings provided for three options: a Crookwell only service; a service for Crookwell, Gunning and Taralga; and a collection for all existing waste/recycling customers throughout the Shire.

Council’s Manager of Operations advised the collection could be undertaken on days when waste and recycling collections do not currently take place, utilising Council’s existing waste kerbside collection trucks with additional staff hours required to undertake collections. The review stated the collected green waste could be composted at the Crookwell landfill and used to assist in capping the landfill.

The estimated costs were as follows:

 Option

 No. of  customers

 Total Collection Cost

 Cost per household per annum

 Bin cost per service

 Total Cost

 Crookwell only

 1,100

 $22,000

 $20

 $52

 $57,200

 Crookwell, Gunning and Taralga

 1,500

 $44,000

 $30

 $52

 $78,000

 All existing kerbside customers

 2,200

 $66,000

 $30

 $52

$114,400

 

A motion, put by Cr Ron Cummins and seconded by Cr Pam Kensit, which sought to provide a kerbside green waste removal service in Crookwell, Gunning and Taralga fortnightly in spring and autumn, monthly collections in summer and no collections in winter, at no additional cost to the customer’s domestic waste removal charges, on the proviso that each customer purchases their own bin, was lost.

The domestic waste service will remain unchanged in 2017/18.

For further information about waste and recycling services please visit Council’s website:  www.upperlachlan.nsw.gov.au/engineering/waste-management or contact Council’s Operations Department on 4830 1000.