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May 31, 2019 - Free sessions on dealing with household waste

Free information sessions on how to deal with household waste, including separating wet and dry waste, composting (and bin rebate) and the Container Refund Scheme will be held at Cassowary Coast libraries throughout the region next week.

A Cassowary Coast Regional Council spokesman said correctly disposing of waste helped the environment by reducing the volume of material going into landfill. Separating eligible containers for recycling also provided revenue for sporting clubs, community organisations and the general public.

The Container Refund Scheme is run by MAMS Group and is supported by Council. A refund is paid for eligible containers which are collected for recycling, meaning there is less waste going into Cassowary Coast landfill.

“Encouraging residents to separate their waste allows Council to more easily manage materials,” the spokesman said. “Even though it is collected by the same truck, the wet and dry waste bins are emptied into separate compartments.

“Wet and dry waste can be more easily treated when it is not contaminated. Dry waste that is contaminated by wet waste is transported straight to landfill in Mareeba because of environmental restraints, which obviously costs more. Dry waste is taken to local landfill.

“A lot of wet waste can be turned into compost. We encourage everyone to learn how they can play their part in making our region more environmentally sound and help reduce the costs and impacts of disposing of waste.”

A $20 rebate is available from Council on presentation of a receipt for any compost bin purchase.

The Queensland Government has introduced a waste levy of $75 per tonne for waste disposed of in landfill. It has committed to implementing the levy with no direct impact on households. Council will be provided with advance payments to cover the cost of the levy on household waste going to landfills. Fees and charges for all waste products have been updated with these matters considered.

The free sessions will be held at Wongaling Beach Library on Tuesday (June 4) at 10.30am, Tully Library on Wednesday at 10.30, Cardwell Library on Thursday at 10.30am and the Innisfail Regional Library on Friday at 10.30am.