Singleton launches efforts to reduce waste

SINGLETON has launched new efforts to reduce waste because of increasing cost of handling, a lack of landfill space and the introduction of the carbon pricing from this weekend.

Singleton Shire mayor Sue Moore today urged residents to help create a new waste strategy to avoid ‘‘dramatic’’ cost increases.

The council will introduce a third bin for residents to dispose of green and organic waste and work to improve waste separation and diversion at major business and mining sites.

“As a first step the council has resolved to support the waste reduction targets nominated by the government with a target for implementation of 2014,’’ Cr Moore said.

‘‘These include a 66 per cent reduction of domestic waste to landfill and a 63 per cent reduction in commercial and industrial waste to landfill.

‘‘The challenge is now ahead of all of us in the community to do our bit towards achieving those goals”, she said.

Cr Moore said the Singleton landfill was close to full.

‘‘It will be expensive to replace and there is no guarantee approval will be given,’’ she said.

‘‘The time has come for us identify and implement major changes in the way waste services are provided by the council within the community”, she said.

The council is seeking ideas from residents on how to reach the waste reduction targets conduct a public survey before a final decision on the new waste strategy is made.

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