Not easy going green

Two residents are circulating a petition for a green waste service in Crookwell.

Feedback so far has been “very supportive towards the idea,” says Anne Cummins, who is circulating the petition with fellow resident Anne Jackson.

Mrs Cummins said many petition respondents had said they presently had “no way of getting their green waste to the local landfill”.

Upper Lachlan Shire Council conducted a green waste feasibility study and the findings were put to the April 2017 ordinary council meeting. 

Cr Ron Cummins, seconded by Cr  Pam Kensit, sought but lost a motion to provide a kerbside green waste removal service in Crookwell, Gunning and Taralga.

He suggested a fortnightly service in spring and autumn, monthly in summer, but no collections in winter.

The service would be at no additional cost to current domestic waste removal charges, on the proviso that each customer purchased their own bin.

The council’s feasibility study showed that such a collection would cost each customer $20 to buy a bin, and the council $52 per customer to collect the waste.

At 1100 customers, the service would cost the council $57,200 per annum.

Figures presented to the Gazette by Mrs Cummins (see table, bottom right) showed that, out of 10 local government areas in the region, only Wollondilly charged more than Upper Lachlan for a domestic waste service; and five of the 10 councils provided a red (R) waste, yellow (Y) recycle and green (G) garden waste collection service.

Upper Lachlan Shire Council recently reminded residents not to overfill their red bins, possibly due to many having garden refuse making the red bins heavier than usual. 

The petition has been placed at: Harts Pharmacy; Meats a Treat; Crookwell Footwear; St Vinnies; Crookwell Arcadia, and Davies News.

2016 figures (PA)

  • Oberon (R) $200
  • Hilltops (RY) $240
  • Goulburn (RYG) $287
  • Queanbeyan (RYG) $300
  • Yass Valley (RY) $352
  • Bathurst (RYG) $368
  • Cowra (RY) $390
  • Wingecarribee (RYG) $412
  • Upper Lachlan (RY) $417
  • Wollondilly (RYG) $498