Albury dump prices tipped to drop

It will soon cost less to dump a load of rubbish at the Albury Council tip. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

It will soon cost less to dump a load of rubbish at the Albury Council tip. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

ALBURY tip charges are on the way down as a result of the axing of the carbon tax.

Mayor Kevin Mack confirmed yesterday a report will be presented to the July meeting outlining the adjustments to both the casual tip costs and those charges applied to neighbouring councils to dump waste.

Tip fees adopted from July 1 include $6 for a single bag or wheelie bin full of waste, $55 for a tandem trailer of mixed waste and $180 each for large tractor tyres.

The charges for 2014-15 include a carbon price component in accordance with the Clean Energy Act 2011.

But Cr Mack said they would be reviewed as a result of this week’s carbon tax repeal.

“We will be reviewing all our charges at the landfill,” he said.

“The report will reflect what ratepayers are charged and review all the contracts we have with the councils and shires we service.

“It will be something we will have to have a further discussion with them about.

“We are not going to charge them for tonnage when there is no carbon tax attached to it.”

But Cr Mack said there would be no discount on rates even though recent budgets were framed around impacts of the carbon tax.

“It was to offset the extra charges for electricity and gas to run the council as a result of the carbon tax,” Cr Mack said.

In 2012-13 the state government body that sets the rate peg — the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal — factored in a 0.4 per cent adjustment to the peg to help councils meet cost increases due to the carbon price.

The advance was reduced by 0.1 per cent last financial and 0.3 per cent in the current financial year.

The upcoming report to the council could also outline the fate of any surplus carbon revenue.

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