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Recycling proposed

By Cognitives Editor

A new report has recommended the introduction of kerbside recycling and green waste collection in Deniliquin, but it will come at a cost.

The price of the service is expected to add more than $100 to annual rates notice, the study has revealed.

The introduction of kerbside services to divert recyclables, food and garden organics from the Deniliquin landfill is outlined in Edward River Council’s draft Waste Strategy, which is on public exhibition.

Mayor Norm Brennan said the 30 year strategy is a a long-term framework for delivering waste management services and initiatives.

‘‘Among the options included in the draft strategy is a proposal to expand kerbside collection services to include fortnightly co-mingled recycling and food and garden organics bins,’’ Cr Brennan said.

‘‘The introduction of these services has long been identified as a community priority, and the draft strategy suggests that households could expect to pay around $112 each year for this service to be provided.

‘‘The New South Wales Government has established clear state-wide landfill diversion targets to reduce waste and promote recycling, and while we recognise the importance of achieving these targets, the reality is that the changing landscape presents challenges for both the Deniliquin landfill and the smaller, unlicensed landfills in our rural villages.

‘‘The draft strategy details a range of priorities for council to consider, including options to maximise the life of landfill resources, expand community education and awareness of waste management, and investigate new cells at the Deniliquin landfill.

‘‘We will consider all submissions received prior to adopting the draft strategy, so I encourage all residents and ratepayers to read through it and provide their feedback by June 18.’’

The draft Waste Strategy can be accessed from council’s website at www.edwardriver.nsw.gov.au or viewed in person at council’s Customer Service Centre at 180 Cressy Street, Deniliquin.

Submissions on the draft strategy must be addressed to the general manager and can be submitted by email to [email protected] or post to Edward River Council, PO Box 270, Deniliquin, NSW 2710.