Letter to editor
In response to the letters to the editor titled Rubbish, Rubbish, Rubbish published on page 8 of the Dimboola Banner, Wednesday June 13, and the letter to the editor titled Rubbish, Rubbish, Rubbish published on page 2, of the Rainbow-Jeparit Argus, Thursday June 14, on behalf of Hindmarsh Shire Council I would like to clarify the increase in waste charges proposed for the 2018/2019 budget as currently exhibited for public comment.
The charge of $9.00 per annum partly funds the costs associated with the litter and rubbish collection from public places such as our main streets, parks and gardens.
The increase of $21.00 for kerbside garbage and recycling collection is a direct result of the impact of China’s imposed ban on receiving international recyclable materials with a contamination rate of greater than 0.5 percent.
Hindmarsh Shire Council is not unique to the financial impacts the China ban has had on managing recyclable materials collected from kerbside, most municipalities through Victoria and around the nation have also been affected. Consultation with a number of municipalities beyond the Wimmera Mallee region would suggest that the increase Hindmarsh Shire Council has applied is modest in comparison.
Further, I would like to assure our community that funds raised through the increase in waste charges is used directly to pay for the management of waste.
Cr Ron Ismay
Hindmarsh Shire Council