Councils across the northern rivers have launched a trial this month which will cut asbestos disposal costs for households by up to 60 per cent.
The 12-month trial with councils from the Tweed across to the Richmond Valley involved was launched this month in collaboration with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority and North East Waste.
The Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme (HADS) will enable northern rivers residents to dispose of up to five tonnes of asbestos waste from their household for a significantly reduced fee.
Tweed mayor Barry Longland, said the scheme, a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy, was a very welcome step to curb illegal dumping of asbestos.
‘Illegal dumping is costly to clean up and potentially harmful to human health and the environment,’ Cr Longland said.
‘This scheme will provide considerable financial incentive for residents to properly dispose of what can be a very harmful material. While the incentive provided will differ slightly from council to council, the disposal fee for residents in Tweed Shire will be reduced by $100 per tonne.’
Customers accessing the scheme will need to complete a form outlining details of the removalist and property. NE Waste’s HADS coordinator, Tash Morton, said the scheme was part of the NSW government’s commitment to reduce illegal dumping and enhance waste services across NSW.
She said the NSW EPA was providing $50 in funding for each tonne of correctly wrapped bonded asbestos disposed of by residents at the participating landfills, to help the councils meet the cost of the reduced fees.
The participating landfills in the northern rivers include Stotts Creek Landfill in Tweed, Kyogle Landfill, Wyrallah Road Landfill at Lismore, Grafton Landfill and Nammoona Landfill in Casino.
‘Residents in the northern rivers seeking to access the asbestos trial scheme can dispose of up to five tonnes, once only and will be required to provide proof of their address and a number of other details relating to the asbestos removal,’ Ms Morton said.
For more information on the HADS, go to www.newaste.com.au or contact your local council.