FREE TIP WEEKEND ATTRACTS RECORD NUMBERS

Figures from Council’s recent free tip weekend demonstrate strong support for the initiative, with tip sites across the region receiving record numbers of vehicles and thousands of tonnes of rubbish on November 21 and 22.

The free tip weekend is recognised as an ideal opportunity for residents to dispose of unwanted items around the house in preparation for the annual storm season.

Council Spokesperson for Waste and Recycling, Cr Vince Habermann said the Waste Management Facility on University Drive was by far the region’s busiest last weekend.

“While there was a steady flow of traffic through all sites, we experienced extended queues at University Drive due to the high number of vehicles in peak periods. During those peak times at University Drive, there was one vehicle being processed every 13 seconds,” Cr Habermann said.

“Across all sites – including University Drive, Qunaba, Childers, Cordalba, Meadowvale, Tirroan, Woodgate, South Kolan, Avondale and Booyal – Council recorded a total of 7296 visitations, with peak periods between 10am and 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday.”

“Most sites recorded an increase in the number of loads received in comparison to last year’s free tip weekend. The University Drive facility processed 3272 transactions and recorded 243 more vehicles than in 2014, which equates to an eight per cent increase in throughput.

“Similarly, the Qunaba site recorded 2013 transactions and 202 more vehicles than in 2014, which equates to an 11 per cent increase in activity.

“On a normal weekend, the University Drive facility would receive about 27 tonnes of green waste and 35 tonnes of mixed waste.  During the recent free tip weekend, the facility received 272 tonnes of green waste and 316 tonnes of mixed waste.

“The Qunaba site received almost 200 tonnes of green waste and 170 tonnes of mixed waste last weekend. On a normal weekend, this site would process about 19 tonnes of green waste and 17 tonnes of mixed waste.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank residents for their cooperation over the free tip weekend. There were some delays due to long queues and high demand and people were very understanding of the circumstances.”

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Email: communications@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

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