A new waste contractor has arrived in the Burdekin, complete with four new high-tech trucks that will be used for kerbside bin collection.
Waste management, recycling and industrial services company Cleanaway has been awarded an eight-year contract to deliver kerbside bin collection in the Burdekin and, from this week, residents will be able to spot the colourful trucks out and about on local roads.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said residents’ existing bins would be collected as usual.
“Council welcomes Cleanaway to the Shire and looks forward to working in partnership with them to provide kerbside bin collection to our community,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“I’m also delighted to announce that there will be no increase in charges on residents’ rates notices for waste collection in the 2017-18 financial year, as a result of the very competitive tender process for this service having been completed.”
Four brand new vehicles will be used to service the Burdekin.
Cleanaway Regional Manager of Solid Waste Services Chris Ashton said their Burdekin fleet comprised of two new general waste trucks, a recycling vehicle and a green waste vehicle.
“All are brand new and fitted with the latest technology to ensure maximum efficiency of service to the Burdekin community,” Mr Ashton said.
He said Cleanaway was excited to be expanding its operations to service the Burdekin Shire local government area.
“We take very seriously the responsibility that’s been afforded to us to maintain what is a very important service to the community,” he said.
“The awarding of the Burdekin contract allows Cleanaway to display its proud history and presents an opportunity to support Burdekin Shire Council towards maintaining and growing a sustainable future.
“The commencement of this contract will in no way affect the services residents currently receive.
“There is also no change to the majority of drivers in the team.”
In addition to providing a competitive contract for the provision of kerbside bin collection services in the Burdekin, Cleanaway has committed to supporting the local community by utilizing local content to maintain and fuel vehicles.
“We are committed to maintaining a positive, strategic partnership with Burdekin Shire Council for the life of the contract,” he said.