Campaspe Shire Council is conducting a community survey to discover how waste vouchers provided with rate notices are used.
Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said a review of the waste vouchers is underway and the first step is to understand how the vouchers are used, by whom, and to dispose of what type of material. To capture comments, an online survey has been developed which will feed into the review.
Waste vouchers are provided to landowners with the annual rate notice to cover the cost of disposing of one cubic metre of waste.
The vouchers can be used to pay for materials that attract a charge, such as general waste, garden waste, and other material including tyres, refrigerators, mattresses and e-waste.
The online survey is designed to capture whether residents sort their load before going to a transfer station as well as asking residents if they are aware that the material taken to a transfer station attracts a charge back to council.
“There is no such thing as free waste. Council pays to dispose of, manage or recycle most material taken to a transfer station,” Cr Weston said.
“This cost is added to annual waste charges.”
Data shows about 60 per cent of ratepayers do not use the vouchers.
“For the 40 per cent who do use the vouchers, we are trying to understand how and why,” Cr Weston said.
The survey is now open and can be accessed via council’s website. Additional copies of the survey are available from customer service centres.
The survey closes on Wednesday, 28 February.