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Rural Clean-up Program Review

The Rural Clean-up Program is an annual skip bin service offered to a number of Hinchinbrook Shire rural communities for the purpose of allowing these communities to prepare for the upcoming cyclone season by disposing of items which may become a hazard in the event of a disaster. 

A recent review of the Rural Clean-up Program indicates that the annual cost of the program lies around $25,000, which equates to approximately $733 per tonne of waste collected.

These costs are associated with providing and servicing the skip bins as well as the Waste Disposal Levy implemented and passed on to ratepayers by the State Government. This levy applies to all waste that goes into landfill.

Despite that each area has been provided with two skip bins to cater for the separation of general waste and scrap metals, very little separation occurs by participating community members. This results in recoverable materials being sent to landfill attracting the Waste Disposal Levy. The program has previously been abused, as ineligible items such as mattresses are disposed of within the skips and ends up in landfill.

The purpose of the review is to determine whether there is a more cost effective way, to better cater for rural Hinchinbrook communities to dispose of larger items prior to the storm season.

Council is proposing a renewed clean-up program prior to storm season via the Storm Season Clean-up Program.

The program will offer two annual dump days where eligible items can be disposed of for free and is open to all Hinchinbrook Shire households.

Eligible items include domestically sourced outdoor play equipment, outdoor furniture, barbeques, scrap metal and green waste. These items can become airborne in a storm or cyclone and could cause damage to houses or injure people.

Council would like to hear your thoughts on whether the Storm Season Clean-Up Program should be offered in place of the existing Rural Clean-up Program. The consultation period will close 5.00pm Sunday 17 October 2021

 To provide feedback, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/RuralCleanUpProgram or email Council’s Waste Team waste@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au.

Rural Clean Up Program Survey