Waste volume reduced
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
CALLIOPE shire residents are now generating less waste than ever, according to Calliope Shire Council.
This follows the gating and manning of the shire's three transfer stations and the charging of a fee for dumping in early February.
The council says the measure has reduced the volume of waste and increased the percentage of recoverable materials.
Calliope Shire Council's chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said before the stations were manned, only about 20 per cent of recyclables had been recovered from the waste. Now it was 50 per cent.
Calliope, Mt Larcom and Yarwun stations were manned and fees charged from February 1.
Mr Kanofski said while most people preferred the old arrangement of extended open hours and no fees, council had received some positive feedback from the community.
"Some residents have commented that now that the transfer stations are manned, they are well organised and tidy,'' he said.
He said there had been a fourfold decrease in the level of waste at the sites which indicated that many more nonresidents had been using the site previous to the manning and the fees.
Council estimates that 700 tonnes of recyclable material will be diverted from landfill over the next 12 months with benefits to the environment and extension to the life of council's landfill site at Benaraby.