Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), Councillor Andrew Hope, is urging residents to increase their efforts to reduce unnecessary waste entering the Shire’s landfills through more meticulous recycling efforts, pointing out that unsorted waste costs Council, hence ratepayers, in many ways.
“These costs include waste entering the landfill rather than being recycled leading to added site maintenance costs, which lead to a substantial reduction in the lifespan of facilities, which in turn moves the requirement for new facilities forward, a very a costly process.
“We can slow and ease these cost burdens by residents improving their recycling habits at the landfills and at home with more thoughtful use of the yellow lidded recycling bins used for kerbside collection. Unfortunately much of the material received in these bins is contaminated with other waste when it arrives at the depot and so ends up as landfill. A little more care could see much more material enter the recycling process,” Councillor Hope said.
“Additionally, events like the Garage Sale Trail being held Saturday and Sunday 21 and 22 October (register at www.garagesaletrail.com.au) and the Shire’s Kerbside Bulky Waste Clean Up between October 23 and November 3 are two excellent ways to recycle unwanted items,” he continued.
“In 2009 a study found that total costs for rural landfills are between $41 and $101 per tonne, depending on the level of management controls and prevailing climate. These figures have likely increased since then.
“Apart from the costs incurred for landfill establishment, operation and end of life management, we have to consider the impacts on the environment, human health and social amenity including the impact of releasing methane and greenhouse gases from the decomposition of organic wastes and the potential for impacts from the leaching of toxic metals and compounds into the surrounding soil structure,” he said
“Council’s website provides information as to what can be disposed of at its waste management facilities at Quirindi, Werris Creek and Willow Tree and transfer stations at Wallabadah, Blackville, Caroona, Pine Ridge, Premer and Spring Ridge as well as the opening hours for these facilities at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/our-environment/waste-management-facilities,” he continued.
“Just a little more thought being given to disposal of waste and recyclables can greatly reduce the costs we will face in coming years and also improve the environmental outcomes we leave for our future generations,” Councillor Hope concluded.