Council drops charge for disposal of small rubbish loads

GLADSTONE ratepayers now will be able to dispose of small loads of rubbish at all Gladstone Regional Council waste facilities for free.

The council decided on Tuesday there would be no charge for the disposal of general waste contained in garbage bags, wheelie bins up to 240 litres or in a car boot.

The change is effective from Wednesday.

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The change was adopted at the council's general meeting as part of proposed amendments to waste services fees and charges. 

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the removal of the charge was aimed at further encouraging responsible waste disposal within the region, and to discourage illegal dumping and littering.

"Other proposed amendments will simplify processes involved with waste disposal fees and charges, and will primarily make it easier to determine the charge to apply for waste disposal."

Waste which was previously categorised at the gatehouse as either 'commercial and industry' or 'domestic' will be re-classed as 'general waste' with one group of fees.

"This will reduce confusion at the gatehouse and disparity about the fee to be paid, as charges will simply relate to the amount being disposed," Cr Sellers said.

"The general waste charges will apply at all waste facilities, providing uniformity of fees across the region."

The council also will simplify its classification of tyres so it is easier to determine the applicable disposal fee.

Waste services fees and charges also will be altered to include a previously approved free disposal charge for 10m2 of material containing asbestos from home-owners or owner-builders within the region.

Disposal of clean green waste in a ute or car trailer will be free, regardless if from a commercial or a domestic source.

A charge will apply for disposal of a sprung mattress unless customers disassemble the recyclable components of steel and wood.