Richmond Valley Council, in collaboration with NE Waste, has begun a trial Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme (HADS) to help reduce disposal costs for asbestos by up to 30 percent. The project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce illegal dumping and enhance waste services across the State. The funding allows for an incentive of up to $50 per tonne for registered residents who disposed of wrapped bonded asbestos at the Nammoona Transfer Station in Casino. In addition, the NSW EPA will waive the waste levy on bonded asbestos disposed of in the Richmond Valley to assess whether there was a change in illegal dumping incidents. Richmond Valley residents under the asbestos trial scheme can dispose of up to five tonnes once only, and will be required to provide proof of their address.
Householders disposing of less than 10 square metres are able to take advantage of a Householder Asbestos Kits, which include safety gear, bags and instructions for how to remove asbestos safely in your home. Kits are $110 each and can be collected from Council’s Casino and Evans Heads offices and the Nammoona Transfer Station. Illegal dumping is costly to clean up and potentially harmful to human health and the environment. This trial will assess how effective a more affordable and accessible asbestos disposal scheme will be in reducing instances of illegally dumped asbestos waste. For more information on the HADS go to www.newaste.com.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 6660 0300.
Media release: 29 July 2014