Tip your green waste for free

RATEPAYERS throughout Coffs Harbour will soon receive two vouchers entitling them to take two standard trailer or utility-loads of domestic greenwaste to the Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Park in Englands Road for free.

The vouchers have been sent out with the current round of rate notices. Each recipient will be able to redeem the vouchers at any time from August 1, 2007 until June 30, 2008.

"Residents have generally embraced the new waste management system with enthusiasm," said Coffs Harbour mayor, Councillor Keith Rhoades.

"Giving people these vouchers is a way of continuing to encourage the separation of the different waste streams. The amount of garden waste generated differs at various times through the year, so people will be able to make use of the vouchers at times when residents with gardens find they have a large amount of greenwaste to dispose of.

"Each voucher allows them to waive the $7.50 charge for a 6x4, standard-depth trailer or ute load of clean greenwaste."

All the waste from the three domestic bins now used across the Coffs Harbour, Nambucca and Bellingen areas ends up at the Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Park in Englands Road where it is processed at the new plants.

Recyclables are processed at the new Handybin Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) while organics are processed in the state-of-the-art Biomass Facility to yield high-grade compost, organic fibre, fuel pellets and soil enriching products.

"This strategy is a massive investment for the future of our environment and generations to come," said Cr Rhoades.

"Continuing to use landfill for our waste is simply not an option in the future. It results in the depletion of valuable natural resources and very significant greenhouse gas emissions.

"Not only is it environmentally unsound, but the legal and planning restrictions on opening new landfill sites are prohibitively expensive, so the investment we're making today, will pay dividends in the future."

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