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Weekend’s Waste Amnesty Saves Community More Than $3500

There was a huge response to Council’s Waste Amnesty at the weekend, with about six times as many customers taking their rubbish to the Waste Management Facility as what’s normally recorded on a typical weekend.


Council data show that 700 people went to the facility on Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10 to take advantage of the amnesty, whereby they could dispose of household rubbish such as tyres, general junk, whitegoods, scrap furniture and green waste for free.


This compares to a typical weekend of about 120 customers going to the facility.


In total, 123.5 tonnes of waste were disposed of at the weekend, including 309 tyres, saving the community more than $3500.


“With Clean Up Australia Day held earlier this month, the amnesty was the perfect opportunity for Mount Isa residents to get rid of the clutter and junk that they had around their homes or yards and take it to the Waste Management Facility for free,” Mayor Joyce McCulloch said.


“Our data show that all day on both Saturday and Sunday, there was a constant, virtually non-stop flow of vehicles visiting the facility throughout the entire day.


“We also thank residents for their patience and understanding, as the line at the weighbridge was often quite lengthy during the amnesty period.


“We are very pleased the community responded so positively and thank them for really getting behind the Waste Amnesty weekend the way that they did.”