Horsham council cuts fees for fire waste

HORSHAM Rural City Council will waive all tipping fees for fire waste and asbestos at the Dooen landfill and the Kenny Road and Mount Zero transfer stations.

The State Government has also waived landfill levies in Horsham Rural City and Northern Grampians Shire for waste caused by bushfires.

Although the move is largely inconsequential for Horsham's landfill, for Northern Grampians Shire it will lower an already reduced rate for bushfire waste disposal.

Pomonal landfill is equipped to accept fire waste and will provide a reduced rate along with the government waiver.

At the Pomonal waste transfer station, asbestos disposal is reduced from $168 to $100 a tonne and general fire waste is reduced from $140 to $50 a tonne.

Statewide Waste manager Nick Kephala said the company would need Northern Grampians Shire Council to intervene in a similar way to the Horsham council to have no waste disposal fees at its transfer stations.

"That's council's call they can obviously subsidise," he said.

"We're a private organisation so we're pricing it at cost basically and the Environment Protection Authority has agreed to waive and we're passing that on."

As fire conditions again reach dangerous levels throughout the week, Environment Minister Ryan Smith said the waived rates would be reviewed accordingly.

"The duration of the exemption and precise areas to which it will be applied will be reviewed as necessary to ensure communities in need are supported," he said. "The move is designed to support communities as they work to overcome difficulties and repair damage caused by the bushfires."

Public skips for household waste are in place at Laharum and Brimpaen Hall.

There will be a skip placed at Wartook as soon as access is open.

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