City Council encourages better waste management behaviour

REUSE AND RECYCLE: Mount Gambier City Council infrastructure and general manager Barbara Cernovskis with environmental sustainability officer Aaron Izzard as they encourage behavioural changes within the residential area in regards to waste disposal.

Charlotte Varcoe

MOUNT Gambier City Council is encouraging its residents to consider when disposing of household waste and make the most of services provided within the city.

The callout follows reported cases of large volumes of household waste being illegally dumped in the region’s pine plantations and rural districts.

Council has encouraged residents to use the full facilities available at the city’s Waste Transfer Station in order to divert waste from landfill while promoting the reduce, reuse and recycle initiatives.

The facilities available include green waste disposal, batteries, polystyrene and good quality household goods available for resale at the Mount Gambier Reuse Market,

Council infrastructure general manager Barbara Cernovskis said council was always searching for more efficient ways to improve diversion from landfill while also supporting local initiatives which assist in completing the circular economy of waste management.

Ms Cernovskis said waste management was one of the largest costs to both the community and council, encouraging ratepayers to consider their personal environmental impacts alongside the costs associated with waste management.

“Council supports EcoPlas to conduct a plastic recycling initiative converting recycled plastic milk bottles into new plastic products and there is also the polystyrene which we compact on site which now gets sold to Transmutation in Robe,” Ms Cernovskis said.

She also encouraged residents to sort their plastic lids, bread tags and oral care products which can be sorted and taken at the Mount Gambier Civic Centre.

“To highlight the cost of waste management, council has also adjusted its rating structure to remove the waste component from the general rates and introduce it as a new separate fixed waste service charge,” Ms Cernovskis said.

“This is an environmental decision to make waste management costs visible and clear to ratepayers by highlighting the waste fee for each property on individual rates notices.”

Ms Cernovskis said residents were also able to reduce the amount of waste travelling to landfill by using the food organics and garden organics bin service.

Recently the service had been expanded and was no longer a separate charge with council encouraging residents to use their green bin or compost at home.

“Council will continue to work with the community to provide waste education and awareness programs to encourage waste reduction and recycling to divert rubbish from landfill,” Ms Cernovskis said.

“Council’s priority is to focus on behaviour change and we are working towards strategies that divert waste from landfill as per the waste hierarchy such as avoid, reuse and recycle.”

Information on services at the Waste Transfer Station is available on the City Council website.