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New waste coupons being sent with rates notices

Latrobe City Council is making changes to its waste service to make it easier for ratepayers to dispose of their waste materials.

By Portal Admin - 31st August 2017 - Back to News

Coupons will be sent with rates notices next week, allowing for the disposal of hard waste or green waste at the ratepayer’s own convenience.

Latrobe City Council’s chief executive officer, Gary Van Driel, said that as well as providing a more convenient service for ratepayers, the opportunity for improved recycling and reducing illegal dumping was a big win for the environment.

"Ratepayers will receive two coupons with their rates notices to use at any Latrobe City Transfer Station or PineGro Facility. The coupons are eligible for 12 months for the free disposal of up to one cubic metre per coupon of hard waste or up to one cubic metre per coupon of green waste.

"The coupons replace the no-charge drop off weekends that we held twice a year.

Ratepayers can now dispose of their waste materials when they need to or when it suits them, rather than having to wait for a free weekend or having to pay if the waste cannot be stored.

"Our booked kerbside collections will still take place however ratepayers will have to use both coupons to book a collection. Collections take place in May and December each year and bookings must be made two weeks in advance," Mr Van Driel said.

"There are many benefits to introducing a coupon service including the obvious ease of use and access for ratepayers. Reduced queues at our transfer stations means ratepayers are more likely to attend to dispose of their waste materials and we hope it will deter illegal dumping. Improving recycling opportunities means less waste going to landfill which is both an environmental and a cost benefit.

"These changes have come about primarily to align with our customers’ wishes and to offer an improved and relevant waste service. The drop-off weekends were always popular but that popularity often meant an inconvenience to the customer having to wait in a queue.

"The barcodes on coupons also provide us with the chance to collect data in terms of who is using the service and when so that we can continuously measure our performance," Mr Van Driel concluded.

There are some conditions, so please check your coupons. For more information visit www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/waste.

Coupons are not for disposal of general household rubbish or hazardous materials.

A list of acceptable and non-acceptable hard waste items can be obtained by viewing the website. Fees are applicable for non-acceptable hard waste items and materials over the one cubic metre limit per coupon.

Media Enquiries:

Media Relations Office

Telephone: 5128 5458

For general enquiries, contact Latrobe City Council on 1300 367 700.

Source: www.gippsland.com

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