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Businesses Urged to Start Separating Waste Loads

There are less than six weeks to go until the Waste Levy takes effect in Mount Isa, and commercial operators and businesses are being urged to start separating their waste loads before taking them to the Waste Management Facility.


Council Director of Compliance and Utilities Services Jake Hart said getting into the habit of separating waste loads as often as possible would be beneficial for local companies and businesses.


“By doing this, commercial operators may end up paying significantly less of a Waste Levy charge than if they brought in a mixed load,” Mr Hart said.


“For instance, green waste – such as lawn clippings or tree cuttings – will not attract a fee amount, and so should, wherever possible, be separated from industrial or commercial waste, or demolition and construction waste.”


As well as this, the disposal of recyclables – such as metals, e-waste, batteries and clean cardboard – will not attract the Waste Levy at the facility.


Mr Hart said now was also an ideal time for businesses to conduct clean-ups and take anything they no longer want or need to the facility before the levy is implemented on July 1.


Mayor Joyce McCulloch said Council was committed to doing everything it could to minimise the impact of the Waste Levy on the community.


“While the levy was forced upon this Council by the State Government, we are determined that it will not directly impact on residential ratepayers,” Cr McCulloch said.


“Those who bring residential self-hauled rubbish to the facility will only have to pay the normal gate fee and nothing more.”


As well as this, Council has organised for another waste amnesty weekend for residential rubbish to be held on the weekend of June 1 and 2.


The weekend follows the success of the first waste amnesty, which was held in March and saw 700 locals dispose of a total of 123 tonnes of rubbish at the facility for free.


For more information, please call Council’s Waste Management team on 4747 3200.