TIP TRIP: Cars queued at the Lismore Waste Recovery Centre.
TIP TRIP: Cars queued at the Lismore Waste Recovery Centre. Nolan Verheij-Full

Increasing cost of dumping waste

THE rite-of-passage trip children take to the tip with their parents could be dying out due to the increasing cost of dumping waste.

Most people would remember the smelly pilgrimage to the local dump with their parents, even foraging through rubbish in the hope of finding that hidden treasure.

Every year Ballina, Byron and Kyogle shires, Lismore City and Richmond Valley councils review their fees and charges.

Each of the 152 councils' across NSW pay a waste levy to the State Government based on how much is buried in landfill.

The Richmond Valley Council website explains how costs are passed onto ratepayers.

"It costs more money to bury waste in landfill than to recycle it," the website says.

"The financial costs will increase each year, so it makes sense to divert as many resources away from landfill as possible and recycle more.

"Recycling costs a lot less than landfilling, so ratepayers will benefit by recycling more.

"Making products from recycled materials uses a fraction of the water and energy required than to make new products from raw materials and produces fewer emissions."

The recycling boom has established a growing industry across the Northern Rivers, creating employment.

The increase in charges has also seen Northern Rivers councils having to cope with a rise in illegal dumping.

"Illegal dumping is the disposal of waste on private or public land where no licence or approval exists to accept such waste," Kyogle Council website states.

"It varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger-scale dumping of materials in isolated areas, such as bushland."



Stiff fines can be imposed on individuals and businesses for illegal dumping.

  • Individuals: $750 on-the-spot fine. Maximum on-the-spot fine of $1500.
  • Businesses: $1500 on-the-spot fines. Maximum on-the-spot fine of $5000.
  • Mixed waste charges-car trailer less than 300kg:
  • Ballina: Minimum $15 $216 per tonne
  • Byron: Minimum $12 $227 per tonne
  • Kyogle: $14 $27
  • Lismore: $23 minimum $68
  • Richmond Valley: $12 $25

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