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Waste levy waived in wake of Oswald

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The state government has announced it will waive waste levy fees for the ten local government areas hardest hit by ex-cyclone Oswald to facilitate flood disaster clean up. They include Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond and Tweed.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said, ‘These areas have experienced extreme weather conditions and are in dire need of assistance to help with the clean-up, so the state government will provide any assistance it can’.

‘By waiving the waste levy the government is helping communities to clear away the flood debris and damage as quickly and cheaply as possible to get them back on their feet.’

Until the end of April all waste arising from the clean-up of flood damage in these council areas can be deposited at the nominated tip exempt from the waste levy charge.

Tips at which the levy exemption will apply include: Ballina Waste Management Centre, Myocum Landfill, Kyogle Landfill Facility, Woodenbong Landfill, Wyrallah Road Waste Facility, Coraki Landfill, Nammoona Landfill Facility, Stotts Creek New Solid Landfill (Bartletts Quarry).

Green waste

Byron Shire Council has meanwhile announced its free green-waste drop off at the Myocum Landfill has been extended until this Sunday, 10 February.

Council’s executive manager of water and recycling, Phil Warner, said following the recent storm the uptake of the free drop-off service has been embraced by residents.

‘As a result we’ve extended the free green-waste drop-off to allow residents additional time for the clean-up,’ he said.

Lismore Council crews estimate that over the last three days they have collected 50 per cent of the green waste in the East Lismore and Lismore areas, and expect to be finished by early next week. Urban works engineer Dean Baldwin said they also hope to have Goonellabah and the Northern Ridge area, which copped the bulk of damage, finished by the end of next week.

Green-waste collection in North and South Lismore and Girards Hill will begin tomorrow (Friday, February 8) and continue through to mid next week.

‘To date we’ve collected 105 loads of green waste – around 125 tonnes. There’s a lot more out there than we initially anticipated – the storm really tore the vegetation to pieces,’ he said.

‘The sheer volume is preventing us from completing the clean-up any faster. We ask people to please be patient… we haven’t experienced a weather event like Oswald before and we’re doing the best we can with the resources we have.’

He said the free green-waste collection in rural villages will commence on Monday, February 18, and reminded people that the collection will only take place in villages and not along rural roadsides.

Tweed residents can dispose of storm-related waste free of charge at the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre until 3.45pm on Sunday 10 February 2013.

Legitimate flood debris and green waste and household damaged goods only will be accepted.


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