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Responding to Recycling Challenge

Council has sought to minimize the increase to ratepayers’ recycling charges, following a change in global recycling markets.

Rural City of Wangaratta recycling charges for yellow lid bins will increase by $21 for the 2018/19 financial year, with $15 of this increase attributed to the global change.

Council has also introduced a $15 recycling bin concession for ratepayers who hold either a Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans Affairs Gold Card.

“Council felt that we needed to look out for pensioners, especially with Wangaratta’s ageing population,” Mayor Ken Clarke OAM said.

He said Council had worked closely with its recycling contractor JJ Richards to negotiate an increase that enabled Council to continue providing the current kerbside recycling collection service.

“Changes in global recycling markets, triggered by China’s new standards for recyclable material mean that the cost of processing kerbside recyclables has increased,” he said.

“Council can confirm that recycling services will continue and ratepayers should continue recycling as usual.

“Wangaratta has a great record when it comes to recycling and the community has driven several initiatives aimed at reducing waste.

“Recycling reduces the amount of rubbish sent to landfill and recovers valuable resources.”

Cr Clarke said Councillors had pushed for the introduction of a $15 concession for pensioners, which will cost Council $43,125 in the 2018/19 financial year.

Charges for kerbside collection for general waste (red lid) and organic waste (green lid) bins have not been affected by the change, with charges for both to increase by 6% in 2018/19.

What residents can do to help:

  • Prevent waste from the start – reusable drink bottles and coffee cups is a great start
  • Know what you can and can’t recycle. Check out Council’s website for more information
  • Buy Australian recycled products. Recycled office paper and toilet paper are easy ways to start
  • Empty food containers to reduce contamination
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