How Valley household waste has been halved
RUBBISH re-homing and better recycling habits have nearly halved the amount of domestic waste going to landfill in the Clarence Valley.
According to the Clarence Valley Council's operational plan, the introduction of the three bin system in 2012/13 has resulted in a 43% reduction in the quantity of domestic waste going to landfill.
CVC general manager Scott Greensill encouraged people to "keep up the good work".
"In the 2011/12 financial year (before the three bin system came into being) we had 12,958 tonnes of waste going to landfill," he said.
"In 2014/15 that figure was 7744 tonnes, and we expect about the same again this year."
As well as increasing the recovery of valuable resources from domestic waste, it has also reduced the council's liability under the State Government's waste to landfill levy, which charges $75 for every tonne of rubbish that goes to landfill.
The flow-on effect for ratepayers is that the savings have allowed the council to keep domestic waste charges for 2015/16 the same as 2014/15.
"It has also extended the life of the landfill and the environmental benefits have been enormous," Mr Greensill said.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their recycling efforts over the past few years."
He added that the council was happy for people to collect material left out for kerbside collection.
"If it can be done, it's better to re-use than recycle," he said.
"All we ask is that people do the right thing when they're going out collecting and not spread the material everywhere."