Redland City Council scraps green waste setup fee

NO FEE: Mainland residents can get a green waste bin without paying a $30 establishment fee. Photo: Redland City Council
NO FEE: Mainland residents can get a green waste bin without paying a $30 establishment fee. Photo: Redland City Council

RESIDENTS clearing their yards this winter should think twice before carting their waste to the dump, with council scrapping its establishment fee for green waste bins.

From July 1, Redlanders will no longer have to pay a $30 setup fee, a move which council hopes will reduce the amount of green waste going to landfill.

An annual collection fee of $64 - about $1.23 per week - would still be charged via residents' rates bills.

The fee covered the cost of transport and composting of the green waste.

Mayor Karen Williams said having a green bin would save residents carting their garden waste to the dump.

"These lime green-lidded bins are collected every two weeks on the mainland, further helping residents protect their property from potential storm damage through regular garden clean ups," she said.

Council audits showed about one third of what was put into general waste bins was green waste, which ended up in landfill.

The contents of green waste bins was recycled into mulch and other landscaping products.

More than 16,000 mainland households are using the green waste collection service.

"We want to see a lot more take it up, especially with the cooler months being a great time for a garden clean up," Cr Williams said.

Council's household green waste bin collection service is available only to mainland residents, with green waste bins collected on the alternate week to recycle bins.

For more information or to order a green waste bin, visit redland.qld.gov.au/greenwaste.