Opinion: Waste centre fees encourage recycling

A NEW fees and charges structure is now in place at Summerhill Waste Management Centre.

Did you know that the council is offering savings to customers who separate recyclables?

The new pricing structure offers a lower price per tonne for sorted materials than for mixed waste loads, so you can minimise your costs by separating recyclables and reusable materials.

Simply separate materials such as concrete, wood, green waste and household recyclables before taking them to Summerhill.

Unit pricing has also been introduced for mattresses, fridges, tyres, lead acid batteries and gas bottles, which are difficult and costly to process.

Scrap metal (excluding fridges) and household quantities of e-waste are free of charge.

You can request a self-haul voucher through the council’s free Bulk Waste service to drop off up to two cubic metres of household waste at Summerhill twice a year.

With the self-haul option you can dispose of items not accepted via the kerbside collection, such as tyres, green waste, fridges, freezers, building waste, glass, mirrors, household rubbish and recyclables.

A list of the fees and charges is available in the new Waste Services Guide being distributed to all households this month.

Speaking of recycling, if you have any old mobile phones or accessories lying around, bring them to the City Administration Centre, at 282 King Street, for recycling in MobileMuster’s Interactive Collection Unit.

The Mobile Muster is until this Friday, July 4, from 8.30am to 5pm.

Check out how your old phone is recycled using the educational touch screen.

More than 90 per cent of the materials in the mobiles and accessories will be recovered and used to make new products, avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting our environment and conserving scarce natural resources.

Go to mobilemuster.com.au for more information.