Redlands Coast Southern Island residents will be able to dispose of their waste seven days a week after Council today voted to permanently extend opening hours at Russell and Macleay islands’ Waste Transfer Stations.
Mayor Karen Williams said the extended hours followed a 12-month trial, a key recommendation of Council’s Fire Management Plan Review Report 2017.
“After 12 months, feedback is that residents and commercial operators appreciate the convenience of being able to access the waste transfer stations seven days per week,” Cr Williams said.
“Data collected over the trial period shows a reduction of illegal dumping at the front gates and less vandalism at both facilities.
“This is undoubtedly due to the presence by site operators seven days a week.
“The trial was coupled with an education campaign encouraging island residents to stay safe by cleaning up and maintaining overgrown and unkempt properties.”
Local Councillor for the Redlands Coast Southern Islands Mark Edwards welcomed the decision.
“This is great news for islanders and will help reduce illegal dumping,” Cr Edwards said.
“Unlike on the mainland, if you live on an island you can’t just drive to another transfer station if the closest one is closed.
“It is costly and time consuming to transport waste off the island to another facility, leading some residents to dump it illegally.
“The extended opening hours and free transfer stations means there are now no excuses for illegal dumping.
“Residents told me they wanted the transfer stations open seven days a week and Council has listened.
“Continuation of seven day operations may also benefit Council’s ability to apply for and recover costs associated with the State Government Waste Disposal Levy, due to come into effect next year.”
Cr Williams said Council would also investigate installing new asbestos disposal services at all gated island waste transfer stations from mid-late 2019.
“If installed, these bins will allow residents to take up to 10m2 or 250kg asbestos-containing material and cement sheeting to the transfer stations,” she said.
“The material would need to be double wrapped and sealed in durable, thick plastic in order to be received at the waste transfer station.
“This would mean residents no longer had to transport this material to the mainland transfer stations, saving them time and money.
“It would also reduce illegal dumping of this material, ensuring it was handled safely and responsibly.”