Waste Management / Recycling

Introduction of recycling The Tumut Shire waste collection service has been designed to enable separation of recyclables from other wastes at home. The sorting contractor for the Tumut Shire is Valmar Support Services with collections by Snowy Works and Services. Being waste wise is everyone’s responsibility. Separating your waste helps us look after Tumut Shire’s environment. Being waste wise means reusing, recycling, composting and disposing of your waste so we can reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill. Your Guide to Recycling in Tumut Shire Guide  will give you useful tips on being waste wise. Being waste wise is easy, so let’s work together to make a difference. As of January 2007, "Red means Rubbish" ;will give you useful tips on being waste wise. Being waste wise is easy, so let’s work together to make a difference. As of January 2007, "Red means Rubbish" The new red lid bin is for non- recyclable rubbish and your old bin (Green Lid) will become the recycling bin.

National Recycling Week 2015

Council has many events, activities and competitions that are running up until National Recycling Week  9th till the 15th of November 2015. The activities are listed below:

Keep an eye on this list as it will be updated with hyperlinks soon. 

What can and can't go in your bins
For more information about what can and can't go in each of the bins refer to Your Guide to Recycling in the Tumut Shire.

Avoid Contamination
Contamination causes big problems as some items can contaminate the recycling process, and cause whole loads of recyclables to go to landfill. Contaminated bins increase the cost of providing a waste service to the community both environmentally and economically as the material goes to landfill.

Place all recyclable materials individually in your recycle bin and not in shopping bags. Materials in plastic bags cannot be processed safely and are therefore treated as contamination.

Dangerous items can cause health and safety problems for workers at the Recycling Facility.

If in doubt – Leave it out!

When and where to put bins out Bins must be at the kerbside by 6am on the morning on the scheduled collection day. Collection times on that day may vary from week to week. Garbage Bins are collected weekly and the Recycling bins are collected fortnightly on the same day. The commencement day of fortnightly recycling are detailed below. Tumut residents should refer to their Waste and Recycling Collection Map (See list below) for both recycling and garbage services information. Bins must be placed on the kerbside facing the road and spaced at least 30cm apart. Bins should be placed on the kerbside, with the front of the bin facing the road and the wheels at the back. Avoid placing Wheelie Bins near trees and parked cars. Do not place Wheelie Bins in driveways or other hazardous locations. If your service is missed, please contact SnowyWS on 6941 2400 as soon as possible.

Waste and Recycling collection maps:

Who owns, maintains and replaces the bins
The red lid bins provided by Council where a once off provision and they have been allocated to each property. If damaged or stolen residents will have to replace the bin at their own cost. Bins are available from local hardware and builder supply stores. Wheelie Bins must remain at the residence when householders move. The new residents will need to use them.

Damaged or stolen bin
The red lid bins provided by Council where a once off provision and they have been allocated to each property.

If damaged or stolen residents will have to replace the bin at their own cost. Bins are available from local hardware and builder supply stores.

Moving house
When moving house do not take the bin with you. Wheelie Bins must remain at the residence when householders move as the new residents will need to use them.

Simple Rules Your Garbage and Recycling Bins:

  • Must contain only the acceptable material listed in this brochure
  • Must not weigh more than 55kg
  • Must have the lids completely closed when out for collection
  • Must be at the kerbside by 6am on the morning on the scheduled collection day. Collection times may vary from week to week.
  • Must be placed on the kerbside facing the road and spaced at least 30cm apart
  • Avoid placing near trees, parked cars, in driveways or other hazardous locations.
  • Must not overfill or place materials beside bins.

If you do not follow these simple rules your bin may not be collected

Rural residents and businesses
Recyclables can be taken to Council's Waste Depots in Adelong, Batlow and Talbingo and Gilmore.

Rural residents and businesses are encouraged to recycle to both reduce the cost of waste management and reduce waste going to landfill.

Tidy Tips

  • Before recycling, rinse containers and cans after washing your dishes using the same water
  • DO NOT put recyclables in plastic bags as the bags will not be opened
  • Take the lids off all containers
  • Goods and materials such as books, clothing, furniture, appliances and building materials are potentially reusable and can be donated to charities or resold by second hand dealers

Savings from recycling
Changes in Council's waste collection services with the introduction of collecting and reprocessing domestic recycling will reduce waste costs significantly as new technology and markets become available for recyclables.

By contrast, the cost of disposing waste to landfill is on the rise as pressure increases to reduce waste volumes and construction and maintenance costs for landfills increase to ensure compliance with environmental guidelines and industry standards.

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