‘Yellow-lid bin’ recycling (papers, tins and bottles in Australia is in crisis. China, the largest customer for Australian recyclables banned acceptance of recyclables in 2018 and a viable replacement market has not been found. Now the depotthat processes Willoughby’s yellow bin waste will close at the end of March. Last week Council started sending recyclables to IQ Renew, a plant on the Central Coast.
Willoughby Council has said that it may need to increase rates because the cost of an alternative recycler was more than doubled. Waste collection and disposal is funded by Council’s Waste Levy. Council doses not need to seek a rate rise from the state government. The Levy is based on the actual costs involved with collecting and disposing of waste. The Levy can be changed, at will, each financial year
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