Currently, you pay for waste services as part of your general rates. Next year, you’ll be able to see waste services as a separate, itemised charge on your rates notice.
Having a separate waste charge allows us to be more transparent about our waste costs and give you a clearer picture of where your money is going.
Due to increases in the Victorian Government waste levy and recycling processing fees, the costs of waste and recycling services have increased well above the rate cap. Since the cap was introduced in 2016/17, Council has absorbed a $23 million shortfall. Additional Victorian Government reform means the costs will continue to increase as we roll out new services (such as kerbside FOGO collection). We’re projecting a shortfall of $110 million by 2033/34.
All of this means we need to change how we charge for our waste services now, so that these rising costs don’t have an impact on other essential services. Making this change will allow for future-proofed, clean, thriving city.