Recycling on the way in Richmond

RICHMOND Valley residents are about to get a regular recycling service.

A fortnightly kerbside recycling collection service will be introduced in Casino on February 1, and on February 8 inCoraki, Woodburn, Evans Head and Broadwater.

Council’s director of environmental development services, Ken Exley, said the service had been introduced in response to community requests, and in a bid toreduce the amount of waste being dumped in council landfills.

Under the State Government’s new landfill levy the council is charged a fee for each tonne of waste that goes into its own landfill.

Mr Exley said the council had previously looked at introducing a recycling collection service, but had been put off by the cost to the community as recycling services usually ran at a loss.

But the introduction of the new wastelevy now made it more feasible. Even so, the recycling service is expected to cost each ratepayer at least $180 annually.

The council will progressively deliver 4500 yellow-lid recycling bins to households during the next few weeks, starting tomorrow.

From the week commencing February 1, residents in Casino and surrounding areas will be asked to put out their newrecycling bin at the same time as theirnormal garbage bin. The service willoperate every fortnight from then on.

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