Thousands of residents have taken the opportunity to get their properties storm season ready thanks to Bundaberg Regional Council’s free tip days.
Held for most of the region’s facilities over 10 and 11 February more than 5000 customers visited the facilities.
Council’s waste facility at University Drive had almost half of the customers attend as 2252 came through the gates.
Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesperson Cr Tanya McLoughlin said it was fantastic to see so many residents take advantage of the free tip days.
“Ensuring our yards and rooftop gutters are clear from debris are one of the simple ways we can help protect our community and homes during storm and cyclone season and Council is thrilled to be able to support residents to do this by waiving the waste disposal fees over two days at all of the region’s facilities,” Cr McLoughlin said.
“Our free tip days are always popular and this year’s event was no different.
“This opportunity for a storm season clean-up was in addition to the two free waste vouchers household receives once a year time.
“We also had many customers over the weekend with clean scrap metal or green waste unaware these items are free not only during the free tip days but all year round.”
Cr McLoughlin congratulated the waste and recycling team on the successful coordination of the free tip days.
“The popularity of the free tip days was clear and I know that long wait times were experienced at intervals throughout the weekend.
“We thank residents for their patience and understanding.
“Our staff did a terrific job processing such a significant number of customers in a short period of time.”
Free tip days by the numbers
The second of two free tip days will be held this weekend for those facilities with reduced open hours, including:
South Kolan Saturday 8 am – 12 pm
Avondale Sunday 8 am -12 pm
Booyal Sunday 8 am -11 am
Buxton Sunday 12.30 – 3.30pm
Free tip days exclude the following items: Tyres, mattresses, asbestos, solar panels, commercial waste, dead animals, loads greater than 500 kg, and vehicles GVM greater than 4 tonne.
Residents are reminded that Council waste facilities accepts free green waste and scrap metal, including white goods, all year round.
When visiting waste facilities residents should properly secure their loads, wear enclosed footwear and follow all signage and directions provided by staff to ensure their own safety and the safety of others.
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