Garbage collection and tip open tomorrow contractors called in from Melbourne

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TWEED SHIRE Council’s Resource Recovery Centre at Stotts Creek will be open to the public tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4, to tip their flood-damaged domestic waste for free.

Council said in a media statement that what’s left of its trucks will be out in the community loading the rubbish put on the kerbside by residents into trucks to take to the tip.

Contractor resources have been called in to help.

Rubbish truck reinforcements will arrive from Melbourne on Wednesday and by the end of the week there will be six more rear-loaders on the ground.

Paints, oils and batteries etc should not be dumped with domestic waste or general flood debris, nor put in any of the skips that have been placed in hard-hit areas for residents to fill. Instead, they should be set aside away from domestic waste and debris. Residents can drop these hazardous materials at the tip for free.

Asbestos

If you have asbestos, this needs to be handled carefully.

A licenced asbestos removalist should be contacted for large demolition or removal works of more than 10 square metres, which would equate to an average-sized bathroom.

However if you have small quantities of asbestos or are unsure of whether the material is hazardous, please:
– Stack any materials you are concerned about in neat piles away from other household waste
– Cover if possible (it needs to be wrapped in black builder’s plastic, available from hardware stores)
– Do not break up the material as that will release the toxic fibres. Keep it as big as possible and keep it damp.

Council has a small number of Asbestos Kits available for residents. If you would like a kit or more information on hazardous materials, contact the Environmental Health Section at Council on (02) 6670 2400. An officer will return your call and arrange to inspect the materials as soon as possible to provide you with advice.

Council would like to acknowledge the assistance of Solo Resource Recovery and A1 Skips for providing resources during this time.