WODONGA Council will not be charging for its new three-bin waste system this year, after the plans for the compost facility associated with it were rejected.
The council held a special meeting yesterday morning where it was decided to remove charges for the new bin system from rates notices, due to be delivered in the next few weeks.
It comes after Transpacific Cleanaway, the council’s contracted garbage service provider, was last week refused a planning permit for its proposed $8.5 million organic waste compost facility at Gerogery.
The rejection of the centre by a regional planning panel was a win for residents in Greater Hume, but a setback for the contract between Cleanaway and four councils — Albury, Wodonga, Corowa and Indigo.
The new scheme would have seen the introduction of three bins to residents — general waste, compost and recycling —starting in March.
However, minutes from Wodonga Council’s meeting noted the new scheme could not come into force before 2015.
The only new charge ratepayers would now see on their rates bill was the fire services levy, which the council collects on behalf of the state government.
Cr Anna Speedie said the council still endorsed the three-bin scheme and intended to readdress the charges at next year’s budget.
“It made no sense to put a charge on there that we couldn’t secure this year,” she said.
“Everything is now out of our control, but we maintain that we will follow through on this policy next year.”
It is understood Cleanaway is considering appealing the panel’s decision to the NSW Land and Environment Court.
Albury Council already decided last month to adjust its fees and charges to not include the three-bin system, given the delay in construction of the Gerogery facility.