TWO on-demand hard rubbish collections will be available to residents in the Kingston Council area going forward.
Kingston Council has just completed its final yearly hard rubbish collection. It has decided to change to a new system, with two on-call collections available to residents year-round from July 2023.
Kingston mayor Steve Staikos said he hoped the change would cut down on illegal dumping. “While most people do the right thing, we are seeing an increase in illegally dumped rubbish, with the cost to ratepayers now well in excess of $200,000 annually,” he said. “Three alarming criminal cases of 13, 30 and then 97 tyres being dumped recently highlights what we are dealing with and why we are looking to make changes. While the hard waste disposal and recycling guidelines won’t change, we believe that expanding the service to two on-demand collections per year and introducing flexibility will reduce instances of illegal dumping across Kingston. In turn less waste will be sent to landfills and recycling will increase.
“Kingston Council still has a lot more work to do in the recycling and resource recovery space, with the roll out of the fourth purple-lidded glass recycling bin by 2027, and the need for the food organics garden organics green-lidded bin to roll out to thousands more homes across the city.”
E-waste, white goods, furniture, and mattresses can be put into hard rubbish.
People who illegally dump rubbish can be fined more than $6000. To report someone illegally dumping visit kingston.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 653 356.