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Council Waives Tipping Fees Amidst COVID-19 Concerns

Mayor Graeme Lehmann has announced Somerset Regional Council will waive tipping fees for Somerset residents on display of a rate notice at all its waste facilities effectively immediately.

Published: 25th March 2020

COUNCIL Mayor Graeme Lehmann has announced Somerset Regional Council will waive tipping fees for Somerset residents on display of a rate notice at all its waste facilities effectively immediately and for the foreseeable future.

The temporary change comes amidst the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the world.

Cr Lehmann said Council was taking proactive measures, wherever possible, to minimise the impact of coronavirus across the community. 

“Council is seeking to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus in our community including through the risk with customer contact at our waste facilities,” Cr Lehmann said.

The changes apply to all Somerset residents disposing of residential waste at Somerset Regional Council waste facilities.

“Council will waive fees for standard waste disposed of at our Esk, Coominya, Harlin and Kilcoy refuse and recycling facilities on presentation of a valid rate notice,” he said.

Cr Lehmann said the changes would enable social distancing requirements to be adhered to more easily with the removal of any cash handling at the regions waste facilities.

“Council is continuing to put the health and well-being of our community first and we will continue to manage vital public health issues like waste management and cemetery operations at this time,” he said.

Waste disposal fees of non-regulatory waste in Somerset will be waived until 30 June 2020.

Council has also made a decision to reduce, at the contractor’s request, the days of operation of the Harlin Refuse and Recycling Centre to Friday to Sunday inclusive.

All other sites will operate as per ordinary opening hours and days.

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