There are important changes to waste collection services occurring now across the Bathurst Region.
Why are there changes?
Council’s current recycling contract is ending after 9 years, and tenders were being sought for a new contract.
To ensure the Waste Management Centre landfill space is not taken up by materials that can be reprocessed, diversions for items such as steel, e-waste, batteries have been in place for some time. The next largest contribution to landfill space is organic matter, specifically food and garden waste.
As can be seen there is a significant proportion (about 60%) of waste bin (red/dark green lid) that contains food and garden waste.
Saving landfill space defers the expenditure needed to locate and gain approvals for a new waste management centre. Avoiding the land filling of food and garden waste reduces Council’s greenhouse gas emissions, and enables waste to be reprocessed into useful compost. Should the NSW Government landfill levy come into effect, then every kilogram of waste that is landfilled will be taxed and lead to increased costs for customers – highlighting why diversions from landfill are important.
What was the process?
In June 2013 Council signed a MOU for the Regional Tender of Waste Services for recycling and organics (food and garden waste). The MOU covered twelve councils in the NetWaste region.
Tenders were called, closed and assessed, and then individual councils considered their own circumstances to determine what services would be accepted.
Bathurst Regional Council considered the tender report at the October 2014 meeting and resolved to accept the fortnightly 240L recycling collection by JR Richards with reprocessing with Visy in Sydney, and a weekly 240L food and garden waste collection by JR Richards (for all standalone dwellings) with industrial scale composting at ANL Blayney. The contract required the successful contractor to provide new bins (over 27,000) and new collection vehicles. The contract period is ten years, with two one year options.
A notice of motion that the third bin be optional was considered and debated by Council at the September 2015 Council meeting. The motion was lost. Therefore, Council decided that the third bin should not be optional.
What are the changes?
For Bathurst the current general waste bin service provided by Bathurst Regional Council will not change. The bins will not be changed, the bin size will not change and the collection day and weekly frequency (for households) will not change. This waste goes to landfill and is buried.
New recycling bins will be delivered by the contractor, and these are owned by the contractor. Collection days and the fortnightly frequency will not change. Deliveries are underway ahead of the new collection
service starting from Monday 4 April 2016. These bins will be delivered to all standalone houses in Bathurst that receive a recycling collection service with the same number provided as is the case for recycling bins. Only strata properties and businesses will not receive the food and garden waste bins.
New food and garden waste bins will be delivered by the contractor, and these are owned by the contractor. Deliveries are underway ahead of the new collection service starting from Monday 4 April 2016.
What are the key dates?
New bins are being delivered across Bathurst from Monday 7 March 2016 to Thursday 24 March 2016.
Existing recycling bins can be used until the usual collection from Monday 21 March 2016 to Friday 1 April 2016, with the new bin to be used thereafter on the normal collection day from Monday 4 April 2016.
New food and garden waste bins can be used from Wednesday 30 March 2016, and are to be placed out for collection with your existing waste bin (red/dark green lid) on the normal collection day from Monday 4 April 2016.
The existing recycling bins (that have Bathurst Regional Council on the front face – the new ones have NetWaste) are to be placed out EMPTY for collection by the contractor on Sunday night 10 April 2016, ready for pick up from early Monday 11 April 2016.
Waste Services Guide 2016
To read about the reasons for the changes to the waste collection services please click here.
To read about what happens to your waste after it is collected please click here.
With the new bins there will be a Waste Services Guide that provides more information and details on what items go into which bin. To view the guide please click here.
Waste Services App
A new waste app which will be free for residents to download is being finalised and will be released soon.
Who to Contact?
Please call the Waste Hotline on 1300 725 415 for any problems relating to the recycling or food and garden waste bins. For matters relating to the waste (red or dark green lid bin) please call Bathurst Regional Council on 6333 6290.