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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Waste Transfer Station at Macs Reef Road

This is an UPDATED November 2014 synopsis of some of the key issues that residents and tip users may like to know about. This information update has been requested by Nora Stewart and provided by Bill Ellison, Director Infrastructure Planning, Palerang Council.

How much will I have to pay to use the waste transfer station? 

General waste charge is $349 + $45 landfill rehabilitation fee + waste transfer fees (including GST)- see TABLE BELOW

Is the general waste charge going to go up as a result of the new waste transfer station?

 Yes. The belated inclusion of the Macs Reef Road WTS in the waste strategy has added additional costs to the Waste Programs Charge above the previously expected increases. Waste charges are expected to rise by about 4.0% pa in future years as more new waste facilities, such as waste transfer stations, are commissioned to replace landfills which will need to be restored.

Are we paying for landfill that is closed?

You are paying for landfills. So far they are still open until the WTS opens on 4 December 2014. Then the landfill will be closed and plans advanced for its permanent restoration. Some (landfills in Palerang) will close shortly and others will remain open for some more years. The still open landfills continue to be available for use by all Palerang landowners.

As I explained in my response, it is an average charge over 6 more years while we are still operating landfills. If it wasn’t an average charge paid by all you would have been paying $162 in 2013/14, $103 in 2014/15 and down to $15 in 2017/18 and $5 in 2018/19. Instead the landfill charge is an average charge over the period which started at $44 in 2013/14, is $45 in 2014/15 and so on the average charge will be increased by inflation in subsequent years to when it will no longer be charged in 2019/20.

When will the Macs Reef Road tip close for good?

The Macs Reef Road tip will close only when the new waste transfer station opens at the site 4 December 2014. The landfill will remain open whilst the waste transfer station is being built.

When will the Macs Reef Road waste transfer station open?

Design and approval processes for the provision of a waste transfer station at Macs Reef will be completed during 2010, with construction of the facility planned for 2011/12 and operation from January 2012. The WTS is currently under construction and is set to open on 4 December 2014.

What is a waste transfer station?

A waste transfer station is a drop-off point or staging post for a range of waste, that will then be taken from Macs Reef Road to the Woodlawn facility outside Tarago. 

What waste will I be able to take to the waste transfer station 

  • Recycling
  •    Household Waste
  •   “Revolve” items – small items only
  •   Engine oil (up to 40 litres)?
  •   Mobile phones
  •   Electronic waste (computers, etc)

What waste will I NOT be able to take to the Macs Reef Road waste transfer station? 

 Materials that will no longer be accepted include: 

  • Green waste
  • Commercial  waste
  • Industrial waste
  • construction and demolition waste
  • Earth and fill
  • Tyres
  • Mattresses
  • Car bodies
  • White goods and large scrap metal
  • Large items including furniture
  • Asbestos
  •  Chemicals
  • Dead Animals
Palerang waste transfer station charges 2014

Will I have to pay to use the waste transfer station?  

Yes. All tip pass holders (ratepayers) will have to pay for all waste except what’s listed as free. Non-tip pass holders (non-ratepayers) will have to pay for all waste except for engine oil and mobile phones.

I have a private waste collection now – what will change for me with the waste transfer station?

Nothing, except that the waste collection contractor will need to pay a gate fee at Bungendore WTS to dispose of the waste he collects. This extra cost will probably be reflected in the contractor’s charges to you. 

I take my rubbish to Bungendore now – what will change for me with the waste transfer station?

You can continue to access Bungendore. The new Bungendore Waste Transfer Station will accept a broader range of waste than the Macs Reef Road Waste Transfer Station and  fees will apply to most waste, as per the list of charges.

I live in Yass Shire - what will change for me with the waste transfer station?

All non-tip pass holders ie. non-ratepayers, will pay a different schedule of charges that are listed here. Some non-ratepayers can purchase a tip pass for the price of the general waste charge.

What was been agreed with the Bywong,  Wamboin  and Sutton Communities  (April 2010)

1. As at 1 July 2010, tip passes will be checked for all users of the Macs Reef Road tip.

 2. When the new Bungendore Waste Transfer Station opens (expected May 2011), the Macs Reef Road tip will be treated as a waste transfer station, despite that it is still a tip. This means that waste will be charged for as per the list of charges, and some waste will no longer be accepted.

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This is an UPDATED November 2014 synopsis of some of the key issues that residents and tip users may like to know about.

This information update has been requested by Nora Stewart and provided by Bill Ellison, Director Infrastructure Planning, Palerang Council.

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