A significant jump in new households will see Bundaberg Regional Council’s waste collection days change for some residents from August 1 to maintain efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
The updated schedule will see kerbside bin collection days change for about 8000 households in Millbank, Svensson Heights, Norville, Bingera, South Kolan, part of North Bundaberg, Oakwood, Sharon, Kalkie, Thabeban, Avenell Heights and Bargara.
With steady growth experienced throughout the region in recent years, Council’s waste and recycling collection team would generally see new services grow by an average of 300 per year.
However in late 2021 new services jumped to 650 and were largely concentrated in coastal areas which are collected on a Wednesday.
Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesperson Cr Tanya McLoughlin said the population growth was a positive for the region but necessitated a review of operations.
“This review, which takes effect in August 2022, will ensure there is a more even spread of household waste being collected throughout the week,” Cr McLoughlin said.
“When reviewing the collection days staff have been able to optimise efficiencies and factor in future growth to the new schedule.
“This helps us to make the most cost-effective use of assets, staff and resources while continuing to offer a high level of service.”
She said the changes would also benefit the Impact Community Services staff which hand-sorted recyclables on behalf of Council.
“Reducing the growing workload which has become disproportionately high on particular days will ensure Impact staff have the capacity to maximise the recovery of recyclable materials.”
To ensure impacted residents are aware of the upcoming changes to waste collection days Bundaberg Regional Council will undertake an awareness campaign ahead of August 1.