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New waste contract delivers services, local jobs and business opportunities to the region

20 September 2019

 Southern Downs Regional Council has announced a new contract with waste management providers Cleanaway that will provide efficiency and sustainability benefits to the region and support economic growth to the Southern Downs. This seven-year contract will commence on Tuesday 1 October 2019.

Since the award of the contract, Cleanaway has invested $3.5 million in a fleet of new vehicles; including three general waste side lift trucks, two recyclable side lift trucks, a front lift truck, a hook lift truck and a bin delivery truck.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said that Council was pleased to welcome Cleanaway as the new provider of waste removal services to the region.

“Providing waste removal services to our region is an important service to our community, and Council is pleased to partner with Cleanaway to deliver general and recyclable waste removal services,” said Mayor Dobie.

“The contract for waste collection is the longest contract managed by Council, and Cleanaway have demonstrated an exceptional commitment in supporting our community and a willingness towards ongoing employment of local people and businesses to support economic growth to the region.

“Cleanaway has invested significantly in up-grading and extending the level of service of waste removal to our residents and businesses, and Council looks forward to working with Cleanaway throughout the tenure of their contract.”

Cleanaway General Manager of Solid Waste Services Justin Howard said that Cleanaway are very pleased to commence a long-term partnership with the Southern Downs Regional Council and the community to deliver essential waste and recycling services to the region.

“Cleanaway’s mission is “to make a sustainable future possible”, and for us this means taking a leadership role in environmental sustainability, providing sustainable employment for our people and actively supporting the communities we are part of,” said Mr Howard.

“Cleanaway is the market leader in total waste management, recycling, industrial and environmental solutions, which gives the Southern Downs community access to Australia’s best scale and capability of service.

“I am also pleased to announce a $5,000 donation from Cleanaway to the GIVIT partnership with Council to assist the community to recover through these difficult periods of drought and bush fires.

“We look forward to the ongoing collaboration with the Council and the community to deliver essential waste and recycling services to make a sustainable future possible for the region.”

Mr Howard also said that the new waste and recycling collection vehicles include Cleanaway’s award-winning in-cabin data and services management technology.

“The new system implemented by Cleanaway’s fleet includes seven external cameras capturing a 360-degree view around the truck to improve safety for the community,” he said.

“The new state-of-the-art cameras also provide the ability to take photos of service issues such as contaminated or non-presented bins to provide real time data to Council to enhance the service experience and education to the community.”

Council advises that there will be no changes to collection days for residents, however there may be changes to collection times.

“To ensure bins are emptied, residents are reminded to please place their bins on the kerbside by 6am on their collection day,” said the Council spokesperson.

With more than 700, 000 general waste and recycling wheelie bins collected in the region each year, it is estimated that Cleanaway will collect over four million general waste and recycling bins over the term of the contract.

For more information on collection days, residents can contact council on 1300 697 372.

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