Residents jump on board waste collection survey

A week in and results from a Barossa community waste collection survey have so far revealed more than 1200 submissions have been lodged.

The survey, run by The Barossa Council, has come about to explore ways to increase recycling of organic waste from landfill and to minimise the impact of the increased state government waste levy. 

The levy will increase to about $21 per household by 2019-20 from the current levy of about $3.

According to the council, the high volume of these submissions recorded in the first week is a clear indication the community is passionate about waste collection and they are keen to share their views.

While rising costs associated with rubbish to landfill has also led to the council’s survey, a spokesperson stressed the untimely announcement of the Nuriootpa landfill closure in June was not a contributing factor.

The three recycle options the public can chose from are: 1. Fortnightly collection of rubbish, organics and recycling; 2. Fortnightly collection of rubbish and recycling with a weekly organics collection; 3. A weekly recycling collection, with a fortnightly rubbish and organics collection.

At this stage the preliminary results from the survey are yet to reveal which recycling option is deemed most favourable by the public.

“While we recognise that many people prefer a weekly rubbish collection service, we feel this is an opportunity for residents to make a conscious and educated choice and see the bigger picture around sustainability,” Barossa mayor Bob Sloane said.

He urged the community to jump on board and have a say.

“I also encourage the public to read the documentation available online, including the fact sheets which clearly outline what goes in what bin, before making a decision,” Mr Sloane added. 

The community survey runs until the close of business on June 7. Survey documentation is being distributed to every resident and ratepayer or you can complete the online survey at ourbetterbarossa.com.au.

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