Have your say on future of waste services
Do you think your red bin should be collected fortnightly? Is your yellow bin large enough to meet your recycling needs? These and other important issues will be on the agenda at a community forum designed to look at the future of waste services in Port Macquarie-Hastings.
Residents are being invited to have their say on initiatives to meet waste minimisation targets identified in Council's 2011-2015 Waste and Resource Management Strategy.
Group Manager Environmental Services Tim Molloy said there is an ongoing need to realise improvements through planned initiatives and programs, particularly due to pressures such as the State Government Waste Levy and the National Carbon Pricing Scheme, both of which increase the cost of waste to landfill for Council and the community.
"There are many opportunities for Council to adopt a more sustainable approach to improve waste management operations," Mr Molloy said.
"The preparation of the new Waste Collection contract in 2012, one of the first actions from the Strategy, offers an opportunity for Council to refine services in an attempt to reduce waste to landfill and meet State Government resource recovery targets for domestic waste.
"Community consultation is essential at this stage to help determine any changes to services that would help achieve environmental goals that are supported by the community. Some of the issues highlighted for discussion include the frequency of waste collection, larger recycling bins, kerbside junk collection and waste education."
Residents are invited to have their say at a Waste Services Forum on Tuesday, 24th April 2012 at Council's Burrawan Street office between 4pm and 6pm.
Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Waste Strategies and Education Officer Nicky Julian by Thursday, 19th April. Phone (02) 6581 8577 or by email to email@example.com
The Waste Services Forum is the first step in a series of community consultation activities. All residents will have the opportunity to have their say via a community survey in early 2012.