Council comes clean

Published on 16 February 2018

Row of wheelie bins

Council today moved to reassure residents that there’s been nothing sinister going on during a recent audit of residential bins in the region.

Some residents have resorted to social media to find out what has been happening, but until now Council has remained quiet about the activity because of the risk that any publicity could have changed people’s behaviour and jeopardised a very important project.

A bin audit is a normal and regular activity of councils across Australia. Audits were last conducted in Queanbeyan in 2013 and 2015. Across the border, the ACT Government’s most recent audit was in August 2017.

Authorised contractors were engaged by Council to determine the composition of residential bins during a two-week audit that concludes today. The contractors began each morning around 5am, moving ahead of normal collection activities.

The audit has been conducted across the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area where a small number of households were randomly selected. The waste and recycling used in the audit has been treated the same as all other waste and has been delivered to usual locations for disposal or recycling after the audit.

The results of the audit will be used in understanding the effectiveness of current waste management services for the community, further improving education for residents, and considering future systems for resource recovery.

The van used by the audit contractor was identified with signage indicating “Council Contractor”. They were issued with letters of explanation and authority to provide to any residents who raised concerns.

The audit is a key activity to guide the development of a new waste management strategy for QPRC. Work will commence on the strategy around mid 2018.