Council at its meeting on 22 September 2015 resolved that there will be free tipping periods introduced during the year in response to concerns relating to the withdrawal of the vergeside collection and introduction of tip fees.
The community are also advised that the entry charge for tipping at the Meru Waste Disposal Facility at Narngulu will come into effect on 1 November 2015.
The fees being introduced at the landfill include $10 per entry for each load up to three tonnes of unsorted, mixed, general household waste for all motor vehicles including those with trailers, utilities or light trucks.
Residents who choose to separate their waste into separate streams will pay only $5. These streams include clean green waste, mixed general waste, household putrescible waste and recyclable materials.
Please note that there are no changes to commercial tipping fees.
Residents are reminded that for green waste to be able to be recycled into mulch it must not be contaminated with any other waste. Green waste that is contaminated with other waste matter will incur the $10 fee.
Eftpos payment services are also available at Meru.
As part of the 2015/16 budget, it was announced that the annual bulk verge side collection has been discontinued.
In response to this, the City will be providing an alternate service for pensioners which will provide for one free bulk bin service to each property per annum. This service to eligible pensioners will commence in November, 2015.
Pensioners wishing to access this service, can ring the City’s Customer Service Team on 9956 6600 or visit our website www.cgg.wa.gov.auto get details on how to apply.
Not for profit agencies are also eligible to be exempt from these fees, but will need to make application to the City for the exemption to apply.
City of Greater Geraldton CEO, Ken Diehm, said the City was mindful that not everyone had the ability to get their rubbish to a waste facility.
“We have therefore put in place a strategy including, both the free bulk bin for pensioners and residential free entry periods,” Mr Diehm said.
“There is absolutely no need for illegal dumping and as members of this great community we shouldn’t tolerate it or turn a blind eye to it either.
“Our rangers will be vigilant in this space but everyone can do their bit to help keep our city clean.”
Illegal Dumping in Western Australia may be reported using the illegal dumping hotline (1300 766 541), online, or the City using the Snap, Send, Solve mobile phone application.
Residents are also encouraged to register and become a litter reporter by heading to this link http://www.kabc.wa.gov.au/report-littering/register-as-a-litter-reporter
Free tipping periods are as follows:
- March – 1 week (7 days) for domestic waste to a maximum volume of three tonnes. There are no limitations on the volumes of green waste accepted during this week;
- June – 1 weekend (1 Saturday and the adjoining Sunday) for clean domestic green waste alone;
- September – 1 week (7 days) for domestic waste to a maximum volume of three tonnes. There are no limitations on the volumes of domestic green waste accepted during this week; and
- December – 1 weekend (1 Saturday and the adjoining Sunday) for clean domestic green waste alone.
These dates will be further advertised using the City’s media channels.