Residents invited to have their say on waste services

Posted Wednesday 26 February, 10:46am

Ararat Rural City Council is inviting residents to have their say on its waste management service through a survey designed to help develop the Council’s new strategy.

Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the survey will collect the community’s views on everything from kerbside collections to transfer stations, and will help Council strategically plan for the next 10 years.

Dr Harrison said waste management services were a very important service Council supplied, and the organisation wants to ensure it is doing the right thing by the residents who use them.

“Council’s new waste management strategy will aim to continue to reduce waste sent to landfill, maximise recycling and provide efficient waste services to the community over the next 10 years,” he said.

“We expect that over this time there will be significant changes in the laws around waste and recycling, the levy paid to the State Government, and the international market for materials, so it’s important for us to plan thoroughly.”

Dr Harrison said that the waste survey was part of the strategy’s development process ensuring that the strategy reflects the needs and concerns of the community as Council faces these changes.

The waste survey is open for four weeks with residents able to have their say by 20 March 2020.

The survey asks questions about Council’s waste services, facilities and other issues, and should take around 10 minutes to complete. Survey responses are anonymous.

“We really need residents’ input so we can use those views to plan how our waste and recycling activities look in the future,” Dr Harrison said.

There will be a further opportunity to provide feedback once the draft strategy is released, around May.

To complete the survey, click hereHard copies of the survey are available at Council’s customer service centre at 59 Vincent Street, Ararat, or by phoning 5355 0200.