Whyalla City Council’s waste and resource recovery centre faces a significant financial burden as the amount of contamination in kerbside collected green organic bins has reached an unacceptable level.
Acting manager of the centre Joshua Sampson has appealed to all residents to be vigilant in the way they use their organic waste bin.
Mr Sampson said the problem had been increasing over the years, but had now reached such a high level that it was having a financial impact on waste recovery operations.
“When green organic waste is contaminated it means that it must be sorted by hand or, if significantly contaminated, diverted to landfill – both outcomes incurring additional costs,” Mr Sampson said.
“We urge householders to ensure nothing but organic waste is placed in their green bin.”
Mr Sampson said the council, by necessity, would reinstate a previous warning and banning system on bins that did not comply.
“Initially we will issue a warning and reminder when contaminated bins are detected, hoping that this will be sufficient to see an immediate reduction in the problem,” Mr Sampson said.
“However, if a resident is found to be a repeat offender, they face a three-month ban from green waste collection.
“This warning and reminder system previously helped significantly in the reduction of contaminated green organics.
“We trust that our appeal will achieve a similar result, in preference to banning someone’s collection.”
A kerbside collection service booklet is available at the council office or online through its website – www.whyalla.sa.gov.au – to offer advice.
FAILING TO COMPLY: Whyalla City Council’s waste and resource recovery centre faces a significant financial burden as a result of contamination in kerbside collected green reaching an unacceptable level.
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