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Kogarah City Council Agrees to Household Waste Treatment

By Louise Morrin

Owners of Carlton real estate are helping to protect the environment, and they may not even know it yet.

The Kogarah City Council, of which Carlton falls under, is one of eight southern Sydney council to sign an agreement with Veolia Environmental Services this month. The long-term contract is a household waste treatment initiative that will potentially keep thousands of tonnes of waste out of landfills each year.

The agreement means waste levy, carbon liability and ongoing landfill management costs will be much less than they have been currently, though councils will still pay for waste processing. It's expected that several million dollars will be saved in levies in the first year of the contract alone.

Banksmeadow will have a new waste water terminal erected to receive household waste from local government areas. It will have the capacity to receive more waste, which means there's still time for other councils, commercial collectors and government agencies to sign up to a similar scheme.

Kogarah Mayor Stephen Agius says the council expects to see up to a 60 per cent reduction in waste to landfill, and will meet the NSW government's 66 per cent reduction in waste diversion from landfill target.

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