Clever use of Tweed tip can save money

TWEED residents could be saving a considerable amount of money when visiting a tip.

This comes after Tweed Shire Council's 2015-16 fees and charges introduced a CPI increase in the charge to send waste to landfill, no increase in disposal charges for green waste and a reduction in green waste and general waste minimum charges, at the start of this month.

Council co-ordinator - waste management, Rod Dawson, said although householders did a great job of separating their waste in kerbside bins, much material was still brought to landfill that could have been recycled or presented differently at the tip, thereby saving customers money in fees.

"Separated loads such as green waste, concrete and bricks can be reprocessed and reused, attracting a lower disposal fee compared to the general waste charge," Mr Dawson said.

"Mixed loads are generally disposed into landfill and this means (the) council is liable for the payment of the waste levy to the State Government, which can make it more expensive for the customer," he said.

"An option is to separate recyclable items from the general waste and let the weighbridge staff know this as you drive into the tip.

"Residents are then able to drop these recyclables off at their designated locations for free before being weighed so they only pay for the general waste part of their load."

The NSW Environmental Protection Authority now requires all vehicles, including cars, entering the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre to be weighed.

This means customers will pull up on the way in and advise the operator what recyclables can be taken out of the load.

Once these items are removed, vehicles will be weighed again and charged accordingly.

The Centre is designed to recycle as much as possible.

These items can be dropped at the centre for free:

  • Metals: old barbecues, motor vehicles, farm machinery, hot water systems and white goods.
  • Electronic waste: computer equipment, business and home office equipment.
  • Household chemicals: up to 20L including paint, pesticides, herbicides, poisons, acids, etc
  • Compact fluorescent and fluorescent light bulbs.
  • All sizes batteries and mobile phones.
  • Up to 20L waste oil, empty gas bottles.

For more information on recycling when at the tip, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/wastedisposal.


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