SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is introducing an annual hard waste collection service for residential properties, following requests from the community.
“The process will differ from what many might consider a standard hard waste collection service,” explained Waste Management Coordinator Peter Roberts. “Residents that wish to take advantage of the service will need to contact Council during April and May to book a collection that will take place during June and July. “Waste (a maximum of two cubic metres) will be collected from within private property (not nature strips) and a fee will be charged for users of the service. Once a collection has been booked, the contractor will confirm the collection date and collection point.”
Council will determine at the February meeting if the service will be available to all residential properties or if it will only be available to properties that receive a kerbside garbage collection. It will also decide the amount that will be charged for users of the service.
Examples of what can be put out for collection in the hard waste collection service include:
- Scrap metal, empty clean paint tins, with lids off, crockery and china;
- Household furniture (chairs, couches, beds);
- Household appliances such as refrigerators (remove doors for safety), stoves, washing machines and dishwashers;
- Timber less than 1.8m in length (nails must be removed or flattened);
- Electrical appliances, tools, equipment, mowers and small car parts.
Examples of what cannot be put out for collection include:
- Any item that cannot be lifted by two people or is more than two cubic metres in volume;
- Single items weighing over 60 kgs;
- Items longer than 1.5m;
- Trade waste from industrial or commercial premises;
- Household garbage and recyclables;
- Waste resulting from the erection, renovation, or demolition of buildings or fences;
- Prunings or other green waste;
- No gas bottles or fire extinguishers;
- No car batteries;
- Unwrapped panes of glass and any form of broken glass;
- Hazardous/offensive wastes such as asbestos;
- Bricks, concrete, rubble, excavation material, dirt or stones;
- Liquid waste (e.g. paint, oil and chemicals).
Materials collected by the service will be sorted for recycling to ensure maximum diversion of waste from landfill.
The provision of a hard waste collection service is a key action within Council’s Waste Management Strategy.