Tuesday, 10 May 2022 17:34

Councils $1.6m worse off on waste

Council waste truck collecting bins from kerbside Council waste truck collecting bins from kerbside Adam Hollingworth

 

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), has called for a halt on any further funding restrictions that would impact local governments’ capacity to deliver essential waste services.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, said “A recent report by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART) proposed to introduce a benchmark peg on the price of domestic waste services, of 1.1% for 2022/23.

“Under current legislation, councils can only charge residents the base cost of providing a waste service and undertake rigorous and competitive tendering to ensure the best prices for their communities.

“By imposing further restrictions, IPART would force councils to deliver waste services for less than cost-price. Analysis by WSROC demonstrates councils would be, on average, $1.6 million per year worse off.

At the same time, councils are facing mounting costs and greater demands.

“Councils are making significant operational changes to support the NSW Government deliver its Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy, including diverting more waste from landfill, implementing new organics collection systems, and improving services for communities.

“Councils are also contesting with skyrocketing costs for fuel, labour and contract costs, and export bans on recyclable materials. In addition, many councils are taking on additional waste collections following flooding disasters around the state,” said Clr Calvert.

“Imposing price caps on items outside the control of local government puts councils in an impossible situation. Publicly shaming councils for being unable to budget under these circumstances is disgraceful,” he said.

“Councils welcome the opportunity to increase transparency in pricing but call on IPART to reconsider benchmark caps on domestic waste charges. Proceeding could obstruct councils in providing basic household waste services – let alone working towards the sustainability, recycling and waste diversion goals that we all want to see emplaced,” said Clr Calvert.

 

 

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