With eight depots throughout the Shire, Council has a strategic approach to managing waste.
Parkes Shire Council recognises the importance of providing effective waste services in delivering positive public health, environmental and economic outcomes for the community. Waste management is a growing issue and cost for Parkes Shire Council. More waste than ever is being produced and the traditional means of landfilling is becoming increasingly regulated and expensive to administer.
Waste management services
Waste management services have been provided in the Parkes Shire for over a century. Under the Local Government Act 1993 Parkes Shire Council is responsible for the management of waste in the Shire, which includes a wide network of waste and recycling collection services and eight landfill depots.
Parkes Shire Council operates eight waste depots within the Parkes Shire. Council has established a controlled sanitary landfill site in Parkes, which has a projected lifespan of 20 years. Other waste depots are located at Alectown, Bogan Gate, Gunningbland, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore.
Council has undertaken major upgrades to its waste services and facilities in the 2015/16 financial year as part of the Parkes Shire Waste Management Strategy 2015-22.
Important waste initiatives have been implemented over the past 12 months
- Parkes Shire Council - ‘rethinking waste’ media strategy implementation.
- Construction of a new Waste Transfer Station at Peak Hill to provide enhanced services to customers, including undercover waste drop-off areas, new sealed roads, staff amenities and signage.
- Construction of upgrades to the Parkes Waste Facility, including a new weighbridge, gatehouse, drop-off facilities, signage and native vegetation plantings.
- Introduction of a three bin kerbside collection service to urban customers, which allows for substantial diversion of recyclables and organics from landfill.
- Environmental improvements (fencing and signage) to landfills at Bogan Gate, Gunningbland, Trundle and Tullamore.