Clean-up 50% complete; Council urges patience

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

With the flood clean-up now 50% complete, Lismore City Council is urging residents and businesses to be patient and remain waste conscious.

The Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre has to date received 6764.81 tonnes of flood waste. Seventy-four trucks weighing 1094.58 tonnes, or 16.18% of the total collected, has been sent to landfill in Queensland as the Lismore facility struggles to cope with the volume.

Mayor Isaac Smith said some issues were emerging for Council staff with some residents and businesses placing items on footpaths after Council had cleared flood debris. He said with such a big job still ahead, Council would not be able to return to streets where kerbside pick-ups had been done.

“We urge people to take advantage of our courtesy trailers and take their flood waste to the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre for free,” he said.

“We are here to help but we can’t have piles of flood waste continually appearing on footpaths. If we have already attended an area then we will not be coming back. The volume we need to pick up is just too vast, so residents will need to make other arrangements.”

Lismore City Council is also seeing flood waste dumped along fence lines at the Brewster Street Drop-off Centre and reminds residents that all flood waste must be taken to the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre.

“We are also seeing people come to the facility with waste that is not flood inundated and becoming quite agitated when they have to pay at the weighbridge,” Isaac said.

“This is not a time to take advantage of the system. We have had a major natural disaster and flood-inundated goods are free to drop off for those in need. If you do not live in a flood zone, then the normal rules apply. Council pays a waste levy for everything that comes over the weighbridge. Only flood-inundated goods are covered by the natural disaster funding, so other goods must still be paid for as normal.”

Lismore City Council will continue pick-ups on Good Friday and Easter Monday with a target to finish by the end of next week. Council staff will be given two days off on Easter Saturday and Sunday to recuperate as most staff have now been working non-stop for over two weeks.

“Our staff need a minute to catch their breaths and see their families. This has been a huge effort and we have to be conscious of their health,” Mayor Isaac Smith said.

“For those people with waste still out the front of their homes we beg your patience. We will get to you by the end of next week.”

Other waste advice:

  • The Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre will be open over the Easter period (Good Friday through to Easter Monday, 14-17 April) from 9am to 4pm daily for free flood waste drop-offs. The Lismore Revolve Shop will be closed over Easter.
  • All rotting food in green bins in flood-inundated areas should be reported to 1300 87 83 87 for pick-up.
  • Rural kerbside pick-ups in flood-inundated villages will begin this week.
  • Bins that have been lost in the flood will be replaced. Phone 1300 87 83 87.
  • Brewster Street Drop-off Centre has reopened.

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