Kerbside Hard Waste Coming in August

Published on 13 July 2017

Media Release

Residents will be able to book in their free annual at call on demand kerbside hard waste collection from 1 August 2017.

At its meeting last night, Council accepted a tender from WM Waste Management Services Pty Ltd for provision of the service at an estimated cost of $373,717.50 per annum for a two year contract period with the possibility to extend the contract at Council’s discretion.

The new service comes as a result of Council’s 8 March 2017 meeting resolution to introduce an at call on demand hard waste service to all rateable residential properties in the municipality.

The new service will be available to all residents living in the property; both owners and tenants.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said Council is working hard to continually improve service delivery for our residents and is pleased to be able to bring back kerbside hard waste collections.

“At call on demand hard waste collections are all about delivering convenience and value to our residents”, said the Mayor.

“We know it’s not always easy to load up a trailer and get to a tip; now residents will be able get rid of their hard waste quickly and with ease, and most importantly, when it suits them.

“WM Waste Management Services are a highly specialised and experience kerbside hard waste service provider servicing many other local government areas in Victoria.  We are confident that our residents will experience exceptional, prompt customer service.”

The new service will feature:

  • One free at call on demand pickup per financial year that residents can book at any time of the year.
  • Kerbside collection of up to two cubic metres of acceptable hard waste placed within the front property boundary.
  • A detailed information pack explaining collection requirements sent by the service provider to residents after a booking is made.

Residents will also have the option to exchange their free annual kerbside hard waste service for a transfer station pass allowing one free disposal of up to two cubic metres at any Council’s operated transfer station at any time throughout the year.

The new service replaces the existing hard waste vouchers which were issued with last year’s rates notices. These existing vouchers are due to expire on 31 August and will not be renewed.

Council’s waste management team consulted with neighbouring Cardinia Shire Council, Casey City Council and Wellington Shire Council who had successful experiences with similar contacts in their respective municipalities.

Additionally, Council also sought feedback from the Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group to ensure the tender specifications aligned with the regions wider waste management and sustainability objectives.

“We want to work with our community and neighbouring organisations to ensure we are minimising waste generation and maximising the amount of local materials that are recovered, reused, recycled and reprocessed”, said the Mayor.

At call on demand hard waste collections are only available for residential properties, and are not for commercial sites or businesses.

Bookings can be made from 1 August 2017 at the VM Waste Management Services webpage.

More detailed information about the new service will be made available shortly.