Waste management facilities limited to essential waste only, via reservations
Following instructions from the Local Government Office and the Environmental Protection Agency, reservations must now be made to dispose of essential residential waste at the waste management facilities in Blaxland and Katoomba.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Local Government have stated that: âNo member of the public should visit a recycling or waste management facility because that is not one of the primary reasons for leaving your home. “
Rather than shutting down, our Waste Management Facilities Council is introducing a new process that aims to better protect our employees and the community. From Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and until at least the end of September, residents will be required to telephone the Council and reserve a time to drop off essential waste.
Blue Mountains Executive Director Dr. Rosemary Dillon said, âThe board needs to take this action to ensure the safety of staff and our community. This allows us to ensure that public use is for urgent purposes, while regulating the flow of people into the landfill.
âOne of the main sources of COVID-19 infection is the workplace. Our workers face the same risks as everyone else but often have to be at work while the rest of the community can stay at home. We need to reduce the exposure of our staff to the risk of transmission, as well as the exposure of the community interacting with staff. “
“We urge residents of the Blue Mountains to follow current public health orders, limit their travel, and stay in their homes, except for essential reasons, until at least the end of September.”
Essential waste is defined as waste resulting from the following circumstances:
- The resident is moving
- A deceased estate
- Security Question
- Question of public nuisance
- Asbestos or hazardous material that poses a risk to the safety of the community, or
- Garden vegetation for the property’s preparation for the bushfire season.
Commercial and commercial waste will be accepted at waste management facilities as usual.
Residents of Blue Mountains still have other options for garbage collection:
- Regular residential waste collection bins (red, yellow, green bins).
- Reserved sidewalk service – two free services are available for each residential property per fiscal year. Additional sidewalk service can also be booked for $ 95. Go to https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/BookedWasteService.
- Additional residential waste collection bins can also be ordered. Download the Household Waste Service Bin form to order an additional bin. Go to bmcc.nsw.gov.au/waste-and-recycling/forms-and-resources.
- Rent a dump bin. The owner of the dumpster will collect and dispose of the waste at a waste management facility.
“We thank our residents for showing patience during this extended lockdown period and for only booking to visit our waste treatment facilities for essential reasons,” said Dr Dillon.
When residents call Council and confirm their waste is critical, they will be given a deadline to deliver the waste to a facility.
To gain access to a facility at the reserved time, visitors must be COVID compliant:
- The visitor must provide a last name to the doorman to prove the reservation.
- There should not be more than two people per vehicle.
- Masks must be worn and
- All visitors must be registered at the facility using the QR code at the door.
The Blaxland and Katoomba facilities will have electronic information boards at the door informing visitors that access is limited to essential waste reserved only.
Call Blue Mountains City Council 4723 5000 (Lower Mountains) or 4780 5000 (Upper Mountains) to book a time to deliver essential waste to the waste management facilities in Katoomba or Blaxland.
Photo: In an effort to control non-essential visits to waste management facilities in Katoomba and Blaxland and to maintain the safety of the community and BMCC staff, reservations must now be made to dispose of essential residential waste.