Councils have always been known for addressing three issues, Rates, Roads and Rubbish. I want to touch on the subject of Rubbish.
Recently I attended a Waste Conference and it was refreshing to see that your Council is currently managing waste efficiently by adopting cost effective measures that minimise costs to residents.
The future cost of managing waste is uncertain - external factors such as the cost of landfill for general waste with increases in levies will be charged back to Council.
Recycling is also impacted, as until recently China was a large importer of recyclable materials. China began to enforce restrictions on the importation of recycled materials under its ‘National Sword’ policy. This policy has had a dramatic impact on commodity prices putting the financial viability of our current recycling industry under great pressure.
This is a major issue for our residents and Council is working towards a solution to minimise the impact these changes will bring. In the meantime, I would encourage everyone to help by minimising waste and continue to be proactive with recycling and ensuring that only the correct recycled materials are placed in the yellow-lid recycle bin. Please refer to Council’s web page for more information on our domestic waste service www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Services/For-Residents/Waste-Recycling