To ensure the council meets environmental objectives set by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) skip bins have been installed at the council’s waste transfer stations in Taralga, Collector and Gunning and will soon be in place in Bigga and Tuena.
The skip bins are collected by Cleanaway with the waste transferred to the Crookwell Landfill.
Previously, domestic waste was emptied directly into landfill, increasing the risk of environmental issues such as windblown litter, leachate generation and fire hazards.
Council’s General Manager John Bell said the introduction of skip bins provides a tidier and more reliable service to residents.
Council is now seeking cooperation from the community as these changes are rolled out across the Shire.
“The skip bins have proven very successful in providing environmental improvements. The reduction in windblown litter, in particular, has been dramatic,” Mr Bell said.
“The overwhelming majority of feedback from customers has been positive, with many acknowledging the environmental improvements as well as improved convenience of use.
“Despite this, we acknowledge that the skip bin system does have limitations and some customers will need to adjust their waste storage and transport arrangements in order to safely and effectively use the skip bins.
“While there were some initial concerns about lifting 240L bins from ground level into elevated skip bins, the skip bins provide an effective height for the tipping of standing bins from the tray of a standard height utility,” said Mr Bell.