Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Casino Ratepayer Rubbishes Hefty Rise in Waste Levy

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Casino Ratepayer Rubbishes Hefty Rise in Waste Levy

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Byline: janelle mclennan news@northernstar.com.au

BRIAN HYDE couldn't believe his eyes when he opened his annual rates notice last week and saw his waste levy fee had jumped from $5 to $120.

The increase was so large he thought Richmond Valley Council had made a mistake. But a call to the council revealed it was no mistake.

No, the council had not made a mistake, and yes, the waste levy fee paid by residents who had a rubbish collection service available but chose not to use it had jumped from $5 to $120 a year.

"This is outrageous. How can a rise of this magnitude be justified," said Mr Hyde, who lives on a rural residential lot north of Casino.

"I have just taken a pay cut to keep my job, and now I've been slugged with this increase.

"I live on my own and recycle 80 per cent of my waste, and take a trip to the tip every eight weeks or so to get rid of the rest.

"It seems to me that I'm being penalised because I don't generate enough waste to use a weekly collection service. …

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