THIS year’s budget will see residents shelling out an extra $25 a year — or less than 50 cents a week — for their recycling charges.
The move is in response to changes in global recycling markets, landfill remediation and the increasing cost of landfill charges levied by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the rises reflected the costs of providing the service and council did not make a profit from waste services.
“Across Victoria, councils are dealing with changes in global recycling markets and have had to increase charges in order to continue to responsibly dispose of recyclable waste,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“Council is also working on options for hard waste, free green waste disposal and overflow of recycling into the general waste bin to improve waste services.’’
For budget increases, City of Greater Bendigo has kept the rise under the state’s rate cap of 2.25 per cent, something which Cr O’Rourke said would force council to become more resourceful.
“Overall, this budget is a conservative and considered one and we have worked hard to ensure we were able to meet the rate cap again this year.
“Over time, the state government’s rate cap will put pressure on the city’s financial sustainability and capacity to continue to deliver services and infrastructure to our community.’’