Joint deal for kerbside collection

Article image - Joint deal for kerbside collection Improvements ahead for Isaac and Central Highlands as councils join forces in a new waste collection deal.

A joint procurement exercise by Isaac and Central Highlands Councils, Queensland, has brought a better deal for kerbside collection, as one of the region’s biggest council contracts was signed, sealed and delivered.

The contract, worth more than $40 million collectively over a seven year period, has been awarded to Cleanaway Waste Management Limited starting in October.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said current contract arrangements will expire in October and the councils undertook a joint procurement activity to replace these two separate contracts.

“Every year kerbside collection trucks working in the Isaac and Central Highlands regions collectively travel a distance that is more than eight times around the world.

“Isaac will be saving more than $200,000 a year with this new contract.”

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor, Kerry Hayes, echoed Mayor Baker’s sentiments, noting that a number of factors had been considered in the tender process, including cost, service provision, data capture and education.

“Cleanaway’s online customer service portal gives us access to live waste stream data, which we can then use to address issues as they happen and track trends over time.

“We’re also really excited about the opportunity to work with Cleanaway to develop targeted educational campaigns to help our residents recycle and manage their waste better.”

He said the new contract would represent an approximate savings of $350,000 annually for the Central Highlands.

Mayor Baker said under the new deal Council would have a dedicated recycling truck for use across the region in towns such as Clermont, Dysart, Middlemount and Moranbah.

“With the changes coming from October 6 - let’s lift the lid and re-energise our waste.”