Landfills, Waste Collection Services and Recycling
Richmond Valley residents are serviced by three regular waste collections:
- Red lid bin - garbage weekly
- Yellow lid bin - recycling fortnightly
- Green lid bin - garden waste fortnightly
Getting it right is easy with the A to Z of Waste handout, a quick alpha-ordered check list of what goes in what bin and what needs to go to the tip. For more information, download the A to Z of Waste handout from the list of documents at the bottom of this page. For information and guidance on recycling and waste collection for residents and businesses, contact Customer Service on (02) 6660 0300.
Collection Calendars & Routes
The calendars listed at the end of this page are for the year beginning 1 July 2014. Download ZONE 1 for Casino and surrounds services or ZONE 2 for lower river and surrounds services. For community convenience, route maps for both collection calendars are also available from the end of this page.
There are a number of rules resident should be aware of in filling and placing your bins for collection:
- Domestic items only are to be placed in each bin as designated - general waste in the red-lid bin, recyclables in the yellow lid-bin and garden waste in the green lid-bin.
- Do not place commercial waste, hazardous waste, dangerous goods or dirt in your bin.
- Leave bin lids completely closed. Bins will not be collected if lid is open as protruding objects can damage the truck.
- Bin weight should not exceed 80kg. Bin will not be emptied if weight exceeds 80kg to avoid causing damage and unnecessary wear and tear to truck hydraulics.
- Place your bins clear of obstructions, eg: vehicles and trees or overhanging branches.
- Bins should be placed about 1 metre apart the evening before collection day. Collection at the same time each collection day cannot be guaranteed.
- Items placed on top of the bin or next to the bin will not be collected.
Your garbage collection service will run more efficiently by following the above rules. Garbage trucks are fitted with cameras and can record prohibited waste. There are penalties that apply and refusal of collection may result.
Richmond Valley Council has partnered with MobileMuster, the official product stewardship program of the telecommunications industry in Australia, to provide a free recycling service to residents. MobileMuster accepts all brands of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. Everything collected is recycled to the highest environmental standard for resource recovery with nothing being resold. We do encourage deleting or removing any data you want to keep from your SIM card or mobile phone, although any data left on the device is destroyed in the recycling process.
Where to recycle your old mobiles:
- Casino Administration Centre, corner Walker Street and Graham Place
- Evans Head Administration Office, corner Woodburn Street and School Lane
More information on MobileMuster can be found by visiting www.mobilemuster.com.au
Householders Asbestos Disposal Scheme
Richmond Valley Council, in collaboration with NE Waste, has begun a trial Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme (HADS) to help reduce disposal costs for asbestos by up to 30 percent. The project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce illegal dumping and enhance waste services across the State. The funding allows for an incentive of up to $50 per tonne for registered residents who disposed of wrapped bonded asbestos at the Nammoona Transfer Station in Casino. In addition, the NSW EPA will waive the waste levy on bonded asbestos disposed of in the Richmond Valley to assess whether there was a change in illegal dumping incidents. Richmond Valley residents under the asbestos trial scheme can dispose of up to five tonnes once only, and will be required to provide proof of their address.
Householders disposing of less than 10 square metres are able to take advantage of a Householder Asbestos Kits, which include safety gear, bags, a voucher for the disposal cost at Nammoona Transfer Station, and instructions for how to remove asbestos safely in your home. Kits are $110 each and can be collected from Council’s Casino and Evans Heads offices and Nammoona.
Illegal dumping is costly to clean up and potentially harmful to human health and the environment. This trial will assess how effective a more affordable and accessible asbestos disposal scheme will be in reducing instances of illegally dumped asbestos waste.
For more information on the HADS go to www.newaste.com.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 6660 0300.