Adelaide Plains Council is considering closing its waste transfer stations at Two Wells and Mallala following a loss of around $150,000 per annum and will soon seek public consultation on the matter.
Council is also preparing to seek public consultation on the idea of introducing a weekly rubbish collection service.
Following a recommendation from APC’s Infrastructure and Environment committee meeting on March 13, councillors voted at its ordinary meeting on March 25 in favour of “the Chief Executive Officer to commence public consultation to receive feedback from the community on the proposed closure of Mallala and Two Wells Resource Recovery Centres from 30 June 2019”.
APC infrastructure and environment general manager Tom Jones said the proposed closure was one way council could cut its waste recovery costs which totalled $150,000 per annum across the two sites.
“That’s the drive behind the proposal,” Mr Jones said.
“It was $62,000 (loss) at Mallala and $93,000 at Two Wells.”
While Mr Jones said the I&E committee was considering closing the resource recovery centres it was also investigating other waste services including a hard waste rubbish collection service, privatisation of the facilities and a voucher system of some sort.
“We’re considering other options not just closing them,” he said.
“It’s up to council how they want to proceed.
“They’re making a massive loss and if they want to cut their losses so they can still provide a service and there’s not illegal dumping, then that (hard waste collection) is an option too.
“They haven’t been making a profit.
“It’s a big cost of labour, material disposal and other things.”
The I&E committee also recommended council investigate the indicative costs of implementing a weekly waste collection service and undertake public consultation on this issue, with a single mail out to residents or combining it within the rates and communicator the likely distribution method.