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Covering The Banana Shire
Central West Queensland

Government & Schools

31 March, 2021

Unload of rubbish: cardboard pick up to be implemented

WASTE Management Reforms in the shire will change the way small and big business handles their rubbish.

By Michael R Williams

360-degree motion capture cameras to be fitted in waste management sites around the Shire. PHOTO: supplied.

WASTE Management Reforms in the shire will change the way small and big business handles their rubbish. 

The Banana Shire Council are currently discussing recycling collection and new changes to how visiting the tip will work for residents and business owners.  

Recyclable cardboard and paper will be collected fortnightly from differently colour-coded kerbside wheelie bins and dispatched at the Biloela and Taroom Waste Transfer Stations.  

The Council will provide smaller businesses with a new “flip-top” bin.  

Small operators when taking trips to the tip “will be able to pay the same as a domestic operator with the exception of a 10 per cent levy,” said Council Manager of Environment and Planning Keith Halford. 

The 10 per cent levy will be afforded to those considered larger operators when attending the transfer station. 

When it is picked up at the new waste transfer stations, it will then be segregated between commercial and domestic landfills.  

“This will keep us within the bounds of the law,” said Mr Halford.   

New waste management legislature will be introduced by the State Government sometime this year.  

Mr Halford said a lap around the shire with the new bins only provides one compressed cardboard bail.  

“We are not getting the value out of that service [currently],” he said.  

“So, because of the airspace in those bins where it’s not compacted — we’re losing, we’re losing particularly.” 

Councillor Terri Boyce expressed some scepticism about the program.  

“If you got a business in Taroom, they can’t park it up here either that’s not fair either.” 

Mr Halford replied, “generally they will charge the same rate”. 

Ms Boyce voiced concerns about the facilities becoming contaminated and having the program be for nothing.  

“And then we spend all this money and it’s all just going to go out the window,” she said.  

“That’s going to come down to an education program,” said Mr Halford. 

He also said the facilities would be watched and policed carefully with 360-degree motion-sensor cameras on the sites that will be unmanned hopefully deterring criminal behaviour.  

It is still to be decided whether the sites will be open 6am to 6pm or 5am to 7pm, but a nighttime facility is highly unlikely. 

This is due to several brown snake sightings at the tips, making it very dangerous at night.  

Mr Halford said he believes council can absorb the initial costs of the new facilities, costing ratepayers nothing.  

The Education Program for the new Gated Smart Waste Transfer Stations will be staged over a period of four to six months as the facilities systematically come online.  

The program will target the residents in the specific areas where our facilities are located. 

Council expects the Education/Information program for the Kerbside Cardboard/ Paper Recycling Bin Program to commence the first week of April 2021.  

This will involve an online program through our website and social media platforms as well as a direct mail-out to ratepayers.

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