Moreton Bay Region Bin and Dump Services to Change Forever

Massive changes are coming to waste across the Moreton Bay Region. This will affect bin services and how you can use your local dump or transfer station.

Moreton Bay Region Councillor, Adrian Raedel took the time to speak with us and explain the impending changes.

“There’s big changes coming to waste, we’ve got two components to it,” Cr Raedel said in the video above.

“We’ve got the state government waste levy, which will change how we run our transfer stations and our dumps and our recycling.

“And then, on the other hand, you’ve got a change of contract, which means our roadside bin pickup, instead of it just being a small part of Moreton Bay, we’ll go right across the region.”

As a result of the latest bin pickup contract, every household across the region will have the service available to them, including many rural areas for the first time.

In relation to the incoming waste levy being imposed by the Queensland Government, Cr Raedel called for calm and understanding when dealing with council staff through the transition period.

“So, when you come to the dump, I guess just keep in mind that it’s not a council levy that we have to impose, but residents, domestic rubbish, won’t see that levy because it’s being abated by the state,” Cr Raedel explained.

“There is a change in process though, which means it’ll probably take longer to get through the transfer stations and through the dumps.

“So, if we could ask for a little bit of patience through that process, as that process evolves and we get better and better at it, it’s not the staff’s fault.

“It’s not the council’s fault.

“We have this waste levy; we need to do this sorting.

“We need to keep track of every single kilo of rubbish that goes into the transfer station, every kilo of rubbish that’s recycled, for the state government’s figures.

“So, we ask for a little bit of patience around the staff, because they’re working through this as hard as they possibly can.

“They’re trying to get through, they don’t want to see line-ups at the dump, but to get all the information together that we need for the state, they’ve got to do all the hard yard,” Cr Raedel said.

Moreton Bay Region Division 12 residents will receive a detailed newsletter further explaining the changes, but Cr Raedel has invited any Moreton Bay Region resident to contact him if they have any questions.

Transcript:

Cr Raedel: There’s big changes coming to waste, we’ve got two components to it, I guess. We’ve got the state government waste levy, which will change how we run our transfer stations and our dumps and our recycling. And then, on the other hand, you’ve got a change of contract, which means our roadside bin pickup, instead of it just being a small part of Moreton Bay, we’ll go right across the region.

We have a seven year contract, so it’s one of the biggest contracts that Moreton Bay puts in place, and it happens about every seven years. And so, we were able to get prices this time round that were actually sustainable to put it right across the region. In the past, it’s been not sustainable or too expensive to put it right across the region. This time, price came in well, we were able to, I guess, without hurting everybody’s hip pocket too much, put it right across the region so that everybody got a bin pickup.

Why is that important? Look, we need to look after our environment, and we’re seeing lots of people who may not necessarily look after where their rubbish should go properly, and yet our rural people are some of the greatest recyclers that we have. But this just allows for all the rubbish to go into those green bins no matter where you are in the Moreton Bay region, and get recycled without too much hassle, or go into the landfill without overcrowding our landfills. So, everybody gets the opportunity to have a wheelie bin.

So, we’re now talking about the waste levy. When people rock up to a transfer station or a dump, over the next couple of years, they’ll see some changes in the process, I guess. At this stage, they won’t see any changes to the pricing structure, so if you’re not paying now, you won’t pay in the future for the next 12 months. We’re determining that now, and we’ve determined that. But what we actually will see is a change to how the process of going to the dump occurs.

So when you get to the dump, the ideal will really get everything that’s recyclable off your trailer, or off your vehicle, and you’ll need to recycle as much as possible, so that only the rubbish, the absolute rubbish, goes into the landfill. And that’s important because at council, ultimately, there’s a waste levy, and whatever goes into the landfill attracts that waste levy. Whatever is recyclable, doesn’t attract the waste levy.

The state government is doing an abatement on the waste levy for the next little while, and they get to determine how long that goes for and all the rest of it. I guess the motivation now is that at some point that could change, and we need to get better at recycling to look after our environment better for, I guess, our kids. We want to pass on a world that is better tomorrow than what it was today. So, if we can do that, then that’s great.

It’s a state government waste levy, so it’s not council. So when you come to the dump, I guess just keep in mind that it’s not a council levy that we have to impose, but residents, domestic rubbish, won’t see that levy because it’s being abated by the state. There is a change in process though, which means it’ll probably take longer to get through the transfer stations and through the dumps. So if we could ask for a little bit of patience through that process, as that process evolves and we get better and better at it, it’s not the staff’s fault. It’s not the council’s fault. We have this waste levy, we need to do this sorting. We need to keep track of every single kilo of rubbish that goes into the transfer station, every kilo of rubbish that’s recycled, for the state government’s figures.

And so just, yeah. So, we ask for a little bit of patience around the staff, because they’re working through this as hard as they possibly can. They’re trying to get through, they don’t want to see lineups at the dump, but to get all the information together that we need for the state, they’ve got to do all the hard yard.

Four Corners a little while ago did the story on rubbish coming up from New South Wales, dumping it into landfills in South East Queensland. The reason they were doing that was because it was cheaper to dump up here than it was in New South Wales. Part of that reason was New South Wales already had a levy. The state government then put a levy up here with the aim that that would stop that interstate transactions, that interstate dumping of rubbish, if you like.

It’ll be interesting to see how that goes, it shouldn’t affect Moreton Bay, because we charge for commercial rubbish, so if there were anybody coming in here, whether it’s a local business or one from outside our region, they get charged for that rubbish. I guess it’s areas like where they do take a lot of commercial rubbish, and there were, I guess, New South Wales companies hiding it and then bringing it up here because it was saving them so much money, using up the landfill that we have. And we want to get better at recycling here in Queensland than what they were doing down in New South Wales.

We’ve put out a newsletter to all of the division 12, which I promised that ages ago, when we were able to put out that information, we put it out. That’s going out and hitting the letterboxes soon. And so, I guess if people have the chance to read that newsletter, it’ll explain in much more detail around what’s happening, what’s occurring, how they can help by being better recyclers, and we have some wonderful recycling people out there. But it also directs you to the website, so if you’re interested in finding out what other changes are, so there’s a change to the definition of domestic waste versus commercial waste, all of those changes, fees and charges, it’s all up on our website. So jump onto the Moreton Bay website, and you can get all that information.

If you’ve got any other queries, certainly pop me through a message, or give me a call, and I’m happy to help you and direct you to wherever you need to be to have a look at whatever issue is affecting you. In doing that, you can certainly give me a call. Give me a bell on my mobile, 0488-186-487. Or, you can email me at adrian.raedel@moretonbay.qle.gov.au. Look, it doesn’t matter where you live in the Moreton Bay region, you don’t just have to be in division 12, you can give me a call and I’m happy to help you at any time.

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