New recycling services coming to North West Tasmania
Published on 21 November 2022
Seven North West councils have secured a long-term recycling processing contract with Veolia Australia that will deliver a range of new services and infrastructure including a fleet of ultra-safe collection trucks and a call centre to assist with resident’s recycling queries.
The 14-year contract will be introduced in stages from October 2024 and covers the Burnie, Central Coast, Circular Head, Devonport, Kentish, Latrobe and Waratah-Wynyard council areas who collaborate as members of the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group.
Group Chair, Sandra Ayton, said that the contract was a significant achievement for the region and a good example of the efficiencies gained by working together.
A new fleet of modern collection trucks with new safety features to improve driver visibility - centre photo: Burnie City Mayor Teeny Brumby - Central Coast Mayor Cheryl Fuller - with representatives from Dulverton Waste Management and Veolia Environmental services
“The combined negotiating power of the councils helped secure an extension of services such as the call centre which will be based in the region and take questions from residents and businesses about what can and can’t be recycled,” Ms Ayton said.
It's vitally important that we minimise contamination as it increases the value of the recyclables in the market which is good for residents. It also improves the efficiency of the facility which reduces the cost to councils and increases diversion from landfill.
The Call centre will be located in Spreyton and is seen as a critical step in consistent communication to residences across the region, in regard to Recycling and FOGO in the future.
A key feature of the new contract is a fleet of modern collection trucks, with new safety features to improve driver visibility when manoeuvring to pick up and empty recycling bins.
The trucks have 53% increased visibility and will be fitted with active braking to improve the operational safety of bin collections for drivers and pedestrians.
The contract has been designed to also accommodate kerbside food and garden organics (FOGO) bins and collections if the councils decide to introduce that waste service under a regional-scale agreement during the contract period.
Veolia is committed to a significant investment in the existing facility at Spreyton which will improve the sustainability outcomes for Northern Tasmania.