Council awards contract for new waste services from July 2017

Community life - 14 February 2017

Kempsey Shire Council has announced that Cleanaway has successfully secured the waste collections contract for 2017-2027.

Commencing on 1 July 2017, the new service involves changes to bin sizes and collection frequencies aimed at keeping community costs down, increasing resource recovery and reducing waste going to the local landfill.

Under the contract, all households with a waste service will receive a weekly green bin for food and garden organics, a fortnightly red rubbish bin collection, and the option for a larger yellow recycling bin for a small fee.

Kempsey Shire Council’s General Manager, David Rawlings, said these best practice waste management arrangements were necessary to meet the EPA’s waste disposal targets and Council’s economic and environmental objectives.

“If we do nothing, waste costs will continue to rise. This new waste service and education program will help residents sort waste properly and make additional savings,” Mr Rawlings said.

“If our community continues to improve recycling rates and keep more food and garden waste out of landfill, we’ll achieve further savings that will be passed back to households through reduced waste charges.

“The new bin sizes will give most households more space for their waste over a fortnightly period, so the key will be to ensure we are putting everything in the right bin.”

As the successful tenderer, Cleanaway met Council’s requirements for the provision of an efficient, economical and sustainable waste service that can adapt to changes in industry standards and meet the needs of the community.

Michael Biagi, the NSW Regional Manager of Cleanaway, said his team would be working closely with Kempsey Shire Council and the local community to achieve waste reduction, recycling and composting goals.

“We’ve helped regional and metropolitan councils across Australia improve waste management and provide savings for the community and the environment,” Mr Biagi said. 

Residents will receive information about bin size options, pricing and important dates over the coming months.

Council and Cleanaway representatives at waste contract signingCouncil’s General Manager David Rawlings and Council’s Manager of Technical and Civic Services Trevor Dickson with Michael Biagi, the NSW Regional Manager of Cleanaway and representatives from Cleanaway at the signing of the new waste contract