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Contractor may be answer to Wirrinya’s waste woes

Wirrinya Progress Association volunteers Nadine Mattiske (left) and Wendy Chudleigh at the Wirrinya Waste depot. Employment of a private contractor to collect household rubbish from Wirrinya homes is one option that will be considered after a public meeting between residents and Forbes Shire Council earlier this month.
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Residents asked for the meeting to put forward their own options, to raise their concerns, and discuss their options after submissions were called for council’s draft Rural Waste Facilities Option plan earlier this year.

Council’s director of environmental and planning services Paul Bennett said the meeting was a positive one with a number of different options raised for council to consider and investigate.

“These options ranged from leaving the operations as they are now (open twice a week at allocated hours) to closing it down,” he said.

“There was another suggestion to facilitate a private contractor to collect household waste from individual residents,” Mr Bennett said.

“There was interest in the meeting in the use of a private contractor.”

Council will look at how other local governments deal with rural household waste, like Bathurst which he said does employ a private rural waste contractor.

Mr Bennett said this options means council was not involved in the rubbish collection process, save for making the introduction to residents.

“A private contractor may be more expensive, but it could be a trade off (for getting rubbish collected),” he said.

It was unfeasible for rubbish trucks used for town services to undertake rural collections as they were not designed for out-of-town use, with distances, planning, roadways to be considered, he said.

Investigations into the various options will be conducted over the following weeks.

The waste depot at Wirrinya was closed after a fire in August last year, and has remained shut while council considered the new plan in accordance with changing waste regulations.

Since its closure, residents have been forced to cart household rubbish at least 30km to neighbouring waste facilities, a particularly unpleasant task over the summer months, and are anxious that a solution be found.

The Rural Waste Facilities Options plan encompasses all of Forbes’ rural waste depots, including Wirrinya, Garema, Warroo, Bedgerebong and Ootha.

Editor’s note: There was significant social media feedback on our story, “Smooth start to new bin system” published on Friday, about Forbes’ new kerbside rubbish pick-up.

There were nearly 40 comments, most saying they wanted to be able to bag their food waste in the green bins to prevent odour and maggots.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.