Council to ask for community views on return of ‘bulky waste’ collection

By May 21, 2020May 25th, 2020News, Waste
Orange residents will be asked what they think about the re-introduction of a city-wide bulky waste collection.

The latest Orange City Council meeting decided to put the draft annual budget on display for community comment. The draft budget includes the re-introduction of a city-wide bulky waste collection, paid for by an extra waste charge on rate-payers.

Under the proposal every rate-payer would be charged an extra annual waste fee of $11.35 for annual bulky-waste collection, whether they use the service or not.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd believes there will be support for a bulky-waste collection.

“Since the bulky-waste collections were discontinued a number of years back, there’s been consistent calls from sections of the community for them to return. Deputy Mayor, Cr Sam Romano has been very passionate about this issue, and I’m pleased it’s back on the agenda again. ” Cr Reg Kidd said. “I think the collections can be organised so that more residents will make use of them.”

“We’re looking at organising the collection event so that more materials, such as steel and waste refrigerators containing gas, can be collected separately for recycling.”

Orange City Council Finance Committee chair Cr Jeff Whitton said an across-the-board charge, shares the cost across the whole community.

“While a ‘user-pays’ charge is only paid by people who use the service, it’s important to remember that some members of our community can’t afford this option,” Cr Jeff Whitton said. “An across-the-board charge, paid by every ratepayer, can be much lower.”

“The important thing now is for residents to tell the council what they think about this idea, by visiting the YourSay Orange site and completing a simple online survey.”

An online discussion and survey will ask community members which of a number of options they prefer. The results from the online engagement would then be considered by the Council.

As well as across-the-board charge, the draft budget also includes continuing with the current user-pays system where residents can order a collection of two cubic metres of bulky waste from their residence. That resident then pays $220.25 for the service.

The report to the council’s budget meeting also raised the option of a new user-pays system where if at least 30 residents order a two cubic metre collection for the same time, the charge would be reduced to $82.50 for each of those residents. This option is currently not in the draft budget.

It’s expected the council would consider the results of the community engagement when deciding which options to begin in the coming year.

To make sure the survey is as accurate as possible, residents must register with the YourSay Orange site.

Registering with YourSay Orange is quick and easy. Simply follow the prompts to add a screen name and an email address.

Tell the Council what you think about the bulky-waste proposal, by completing a quick online survey.

Visit the Bulky-Waste survey here.

DID YOU KNOW ?

Orange’s 3-bin waste collections are generally only available within the urban area. If you’re outside that area in a rural district, (but still in the Orange local government area) you won’t get charged a waste charge for the bins. If that’s the case you won’t get charged the $11.35 and you won’t get the proposed bulky-waste pick up.

There are exceptions.

If you’re outside the urban area, and you want to get the three bins collected, you can ask to be added to the list for pick ups. If you’re in an area where that is viable, you get the three bins and you get charged. If you’re one of these residents, you will pay the extra $11.35 and you will get a bulky-waste pick up.

5 Comments

  • Julie says:

    Please don’t bring back the bulky-waste collection. People totally abuse this idea and think they have to right to pile rubbish on the footpath all year around. It looks disgusting and makes Orange look like a rubbish dump, actually Orange rubbish dump is very well kept and the workmen there are fabulous and always happy.
    With Covid 19 around it wouldn’t be a good idea to have rubbish on the street for days on end.

  • Heath Beckingham says:

    You would have to be kidding me……a extra payment for kerb side pick up (Whether you use it or not) on top of our Extortionate expensive Rates that we pay, what a joke……orange city council needs to start thinking of the rate payers and factor the service into there budget….and if it is to expensive, our council needs to look into alternative companies that are cheaper then JR Richards.
    My concern is that the fee will be past onto the Already struggling renters and the pensioners Who can’t even afford to eat.

    • Council Communications says:

      Thanks for your comments. It’s great to see local residents telling Council what they think.
      The best way of making sure these views are heard when the Council makes these decisions, is to go the next step and complete a quick survey about the bulky-waste proposal.
      It’s quick and easy to register with the YourSay Orange site.

      Click here to visit the survey

      • Cheryl Hansen says:

        I would like to see the bulky waste collection returned it is a great way to recycle unwanted goods to others that go around and collect these items before the council collects the larger items we can t get out to the tip . I would be happy for the extra amount to go on my rates for this service or to pay for a collection ticket to put on the items to be collected as needed .

  • Mary anne says:

    Yes me and several home owners are definately looking forward to the bulky waste collection coming back. It is a great idea as it stops alot of illegal dumping.

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