More than 30 new garbage trucks hit the streets this week as part of Parramatta Council’s new waste service contract
Parramatta Council has entered a seven-year deal with Suez to provide domestic and commercial services such as garbage, recycling, garden organics and bulky kerbside collections.
It is the council’s largest operating contract with an investment of $65 million across the term of the agreement.
As part of the new contract, some households will have their bin collection days and times changed. Residents directly affected by the changes have been notified.
Some residents will move from a two-bin, to a three-bin system. Residents will have access to four kerbside collection bookings per year as well as the convenience of booking their collection online.
“We know waste matters are a priority for our residents and our commitment as a new council is to ensure we maintain high standards and seek opportunities to improve on our service delivery across the LGA,” lord mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.
“The streamlined service will deliver savings to the majority of residents in areas that weren’t part of the former Parramatta Council’s LGA when compared to the fees paid to their previous councils. Other residents will continue to enjoy the lowest waste charges in the region, with no increase in their waste service fees.”
“The NSW Local Government’s 2016 Community Satisfaction Survey rated council’s waste services very highly. In fact, Parramatta received the highest performance result across all the newly established councils,” Cr Wilson said.
In 2016-17, the council collected more than 68,000 tonnes of garbage, recycling and garden organics with 72 per cent diverted from landfill.
The best recyclers by suburb relating to weight and least contamination are Carlingford, Epping, North Rocks and Oatlands.
Council is keen to work with the community to encourage all residents to improve on their waste awareness.
The new trucks are more efficient and provide a significant reduction in emissions, according to Suez chief executive Mark Venhoek.
“They also feature innovative on-board computing technology which will provide Council with the real-time tracking of vehicles and up to date information on the collections services being provided to residents,” Mr Venhoek said.
“For the safety of drivers and the community, the trucks also feature dash cameras, reversing detectors and smart brake systems. We know the residents of Parramatta care about their impact on the environment and we look forward to providing the community with reliable and efficient waste collections.”
Cumberland Council also changed to a new waste provider this week. South Granville, Guildford and Granville residents are most affected by those changes.