Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Casino Waste Gets Greener; Bin for Garden, Food Scraps to Save $1/2Million

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Casino Waste Gets Greener; Bin for Garden, Food Scraps to Save $1/2Million

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Byline: Casino Examiner

CASINO residents should have a kerbside green-waste collection service within 12 months.

Richmond Valley Council hopes to introduce the collection service to towns in the council area sometime this year.

And if negotiations with a private venture group wanting to produce biochar for agricultural use go according to plan, the council should be able to pick up the lawn clippings and garden waste at little or no cost to residents.

The council had been looking at introducing the green-waste collection service for a number of years, but the State Government's landfill levy and the new carbon tax has now made it a financial imperative.

The State Government charges the council $32 for every tonne of waste it buries in its own landfill and that will increase to a minimum of $80 a tonne by 2016.

In a report to the council last month, the council's manager of environment health and regulat- ory control Peter Cotterill said the levy was designed to amake land filling unaffordable and a last resort for disposal of truly residual non-recyclable waste only. …

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