While flood water was receeding at Tumbulgum on Sunday afternoon, levels still sat at around 1.8metres in a park adjacent to the main street.
While flood water was receeding at Tumbulgum on Sunday afternoon, levels still sat at around 1.8metres in a park adjacent to the main street. Daniel McKenzie

Free post-flood waste dumping at Stotts Creek

GOOD news if you had a lot of damage at your place during last weekend’s flood.

Tweed residents will be able to dispose of storm damaged goods and waste at no charge at the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre from tomorrow until Sunday June 19.

The NSW Minister for the Environment, Mark Speakman, has advised council that Tweed Shire is one of 34 storm-affected local government areas to be exempt from having to pay the Waste levy component of the waste charges, for waste disposed of at the Stotts Creek facility.

The Waste Levy currently makes up about 43 per cent of the mixed waste disposal charge and applies to all material that is disposed of at the Tweed landfill.

Council has decided to exempt Tweed Shire residents from having to pay any general waste charges on waste that has been generated as a direct result of the storms on the weekend of 4 and 5 June, for the period until19 June 2016.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gary Bagnall, welcomed the Minister's announcement.

"This is good news for residents affected by last weekend's rain who have storm-damaged waste they need to get rid of," Councillor Bagnall said.

"I'd like to thank the local members, Geoff Provest and Thomas George, for their advocacy on behalf of the Tweed.

"Although there will be a cost to council, this is something that can be absorbed during this time to assist the community, particularly those most affected by last weekend's events," he said.

The exemption will not apply to hazardous waste, is not retrospective and loads may be inspected on entry.

Residents wishing to drop off waste under this exemption will need to tell the weighbridge that the waste is storm damage, and will need to show proof of residency such as a licence.

There will be no kerbside collection of storm waste and residents will need to transport eligible waste themselves to the Stotts Creek facility.

The centre is located on Leddays Creek Rd, off Tweed Valley Way.

The facility is open from 7am to 3.45pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 3.45pm on weekends and public holidays.



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