Commercial waste service

Wagga Wagga City Council is changing its commercial waste service to assist businesses in the separation of their waste to reduce their waste to landfill. This change will apply to all rateable and non-rateable non-residential properties and will roll out in August 2018.  Correspondence has been sent to all affected property and business owners.

The new standard commercial waste service will consist of the following bin service:

  • 1x 240L commercial general waste bin – fortnightly collection; and
  • 1x 240L commercial recycling bin – fortnightly collection

Depending on the needs of your business, you may wish to opt in to additional services. Options include:

  • Food organics and garden organics (FOGO) – weekly collection
  • General waste – additional fortnightly collection
  • Recycling – additional fortnightly collection
  • Upsize to 360 litre recycling – fortnightly collection

Please contact Council's customer service team on 1300 292 442 to discuss additional service options.

Transition to the new service - new bin delivery and old bin removal

New bin delivery

All new commercial bins will be delivered between 20 and 27 August 2018.  If you do not receive your new bins by 28 August 2018, please contact Council on 1300 292 442.

Please store your new bins in a safe location and follow the instructions below.

Old bin removal and new service start

Please refer to the letter that was sent to the business address as this indicates whether you are recycling week 1 or 2. Once you have determined whether your address is a 'Week 2' or 'Week 1' recycling please see the relevant section below:

If you are a ‘Week 2’ recycling collection

  • On the week starting Monday 27 August, place ALL your old bins (even if they are not full) out for emptying at their normal collection location on your normal collection day.
  • Do not return the bins to your business and do not place waste in them. Old bins will be removed between Tuesday 28 August and Monday 3 September.
  • You can now start using your new bins.
  • Present your new bins on their normal collection day from the week starting Monday 3 September.
  • Please note, your general waste is a fortnightly service from the commencement of the new service.  It will be collected on the opposite week to your recycling week.

    OR

If you are a ‘Week 1’ recycling collection

  • On the week starting Monday 3 September, place ALL your old bins (even if they are not full) out for emptying at their normal collection location on your normal collection day.
  • Do not return the bins to your business and do not place waste in them. Old bins will be removed between Tuesday 4 September and Monday 10 September.
  • You can now start using your new bins.
  • Present your new bins on their normal collection day from the week starting Monday 10 September.
  • Please note, your general waste is a fortnightly service from the commencement of the new service.  It will be collected on the opposite week to your recycling week.

Why is the service changing?

The commercial and industrial sector generate around one third of all waste sent to landfill.

The range of businesses in Wagga Wagga are varied, however waste audits indicate there are opportunities overall to divert waste
generated in the commercial sector away from landfill.

The NSW Government has set targets for waste through the NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-2021. By 2020, the aim is to achieve a recovery rate of 70 per cent, which means that by 2020 70 per cent of waste generated through commercial and industrial operations will be recycled or recovered for reuse. Currently the recovery rate in Wagga Wagga is around 40 per cent which demonstrates there is a need to improve recycling in the local commercial sector.

Support for businesses

Understanding waste in your business

Business Recycling by Planet Ark assists business to find how they can dispose of their recyclable waste responsibly and provides hints and tips on improving business waste management.

The NSW EPA has developed a series of industry specific fact sheets to assist business owners with better waste management including advice around waste avoidance and reduction, re-use and recycling.  Fact sheets are available for the following industries:

Accomodation

Business parks

Cafes and restaurants

Clubs

Commercial offices

Preschools and Childcare Centres

Pubs and bars

Retail

Specialised food stores

Supermarkets

Takeaway food shops

Timber and furniture industry

Waste auditing

Businesses looking for opportunities and assistance for better waste management can register their interest in the NSW EPA's BinTrim program.  BinTrim is designed to assist small to medium sized businesses to assess their waste management practices and identify opportunities for improvement. Participating businesses may even be eligible for rebates of between $1000 and $50,000 for the cost of recycling equipment.  Head to the BinTrim webiste for further information.

Promoting recycling

Is your business in the business of recycling? If there is a waste you take, then we would love to know. Help us build our local directory of waste disposal and recycling options to help fellow businesses. To get your business added email kent.alice@wagga.nsw.gov.au with the details.