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Changes at Woodenbong Landfill
Over the past 18 months the NSW EPA has been talking to Council about the future of the Woodenbong landfill under the new Waste Regulation and other environmental legislation. Council was recently successful in gaining approximately $320,000 in funding from the NSW Environmental Trust to cap the landfill and build a new transfer station at the site. The new transfer station will allow for easy and safe drop-off of small waste loads for subsequent transport to the Kyogle landfill.
To allow for the project to proceed the following changes have to be made to the current kerbside bin pick-up schedule:
- Bins in Woodenbong will be picked up each week on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. The last Wednesday collection day will be 7 October 2015, and the following Tuesday 13 October 2015 will be the first collection on the new day. Affected residents have been notified by letter.
- Bins in Geneva will be picked mid-morning on Tuesdays instead of early afternoon. This minor change is already being trialled with minimal disruption and will continue.
- Starting Wednesday 14 October 2015, bins from 13822 Mount Lindesay Road, Woodenbong, south to 1622 Summerland Way, Wiangaree, will be picked up approximately two hours earlier than what they currently are on Wednesdays.
Council hopes that there will be minimal disruption for residents, and kindly requests bins be placed out by 6:00 am on the day of collection. If you would like further information regarding the landfill-to-transfer station project, please call Council’s Planning and Environment Department on 6632 1611.
New Vehicle Flowpath at Kyogle Landfill
Kyogle Council has introduced a new designated flow path for vehicles at the Kyogle landfill, which will apply from Monday, 28 September 2015.
The new flow path, together with the recently constructed weighbridge, new recycling centre and internal roads, allow Council to comply with the State Government's Waste Regulation which require it to keep detailed waste management records.
To comply with the regulation, Council will weigh skip bins before the contents are either disposed of to landfill or moved on for processing/recycling.
Council does not intend to weigh individual small vehicle loads as this would result in unnecessary delays for customers.
Customers dropping off rubbish only or recycling only will have to complete a ‘loop’ of the site, while customers with mixed loads (rubbish and recycling) will have to complete a ‘figure 8’ of the site. Customers in small vehicles will still pay based on vehicle type.
Residents are asked when visiting the site in the near future to take their time and follow the advice of staff.
To assist customers with the new arrangements Council has developed flow path plans, which may be accessed below, or viewed in the foyer of Council’s administration building.
Kyogle Council currently operates two landfill sites at Kyogle and Woodenbong and two waste transfer stations at Bonalbo and Mallanganee. At present the Kyogle Landfill site receives up to 95% of all waste generated by the Kyogle community including that waste received by the Mallanganee and Bonalbo Waste Transfer Stations while the remainder is received at the Woodenbong Landfill. An active recycling program is continuing to reduce the quantity of waste received at these facilities.
Please note: Council's landfills and transfer stations are CLOSED on ALL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS and Council's union picnic day which is normally held on the first Tuesday in November of each year.
During Easter 2016,the Woodenbong Landfill and the Bonalbo Transfer Station will be closed from 25 March to 28 March (Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday), with a return to normal opening hours on Tuesday, 29 March, 2016. The Mallanganee Transfer Station will open on 27 March (Easter Sunday), but will be closed on all other days over Easter. The Kyogle Landfill will open on 27 March (Easter Sunday) from 9am-4pm but will be closed on 25 March (Good Friday), 26 March (Easter Saturday) and 28 March (Easter Monday). Normal opening hours will resume on Tuesday, 29 March, 2016.
Kyogle Garbage Depot
Runnymede Road, Kyogle, NSW, 2474: phone (02) 6632 3002
Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 12:00 noon
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bonalbo Transfer Station
Woodenbong Road, Bonalbo, NSW, 2469: phone (02) 6665 1428
Wednesday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Mallanganee Transfer Station
Bruxner Highway, Mallanganee, NSW, 2469: phone (02) 6664 5246
Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Woodenbong Garbage Depot
Mt Lindesay Highway, Woodenbong, NSW, 2476: phone (02) 6635 1500
Tuesday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Recycling at Landfills and Transfer Stations
Residents can recycle paper, cardboard, hard plastic, glass, aluminium, ferrous metals, batteries and engine oil at Council’s Landfills and Transfer Stations. Council will soon be able to collect many other recyclable products at the Kyogle Landfill. Watch this space!
Kerbside Collection Service
The current kerbside collection service contractor is Solo Resource Recovery. Residents with a kerbside collection service can place household recyclables only in the recycling side of their split bin, which are transported to Chinderah in the Tweed Shire for sorting at a materials recovery facility (MRF). For further information about household recyclables, please access the recycling posters below.
Illegal dumping is the disposal of waste on private or public land where no licence or approval exists to accept such waste. It varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of materials in isolated areas, such as bushland. The illegal dumping of waste has many social, financial and environmental implications for local councils. Kyogle Council spends considerable funds each year cleaning up and disposing of illegally dumped waste.
What are the fines for Illegal Dumping?
- $750 on–the-spot fines for individuals
- maximum on-the-spot fine of $1500 for individuals
- $1500 on-the-spot fines for businesses
- maximum on-the-spot fine of $5000 for businesses.
Report Illegal Dumping
The community's help in reporting information relating to illegally dumped materials is important. Every reasonable attempt will be made by local authorities to locate the owner of the illegally dumped materials.
By phone: Call Kyogle Council (02) 6632 1611
Environmental Costs of Illegal Dumping
Illegal dumping poses a direct threat to the surrounding environment and to human health. Illegally dumped materials can be hazardous, for example asbestos and chemicals create a risk of soil and water contamination, fire and toxicity. Dumping of weeds and garden waste can destroy local bushland by reducing biodiversity and hindering revegetation. Illegally dumped items are also a lost resource that could otherwise be recycled, particularly organic material, fridges, car bodies and tyres.
For further information on Illegal Dumping