At Ararat Rural City Council we provide a wide range of waste and recycling services; many of these are supplemented by commercial services within our very own community.
Ararat Rural City Council is part of the Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group. Member Councils work together to get a consistent approach across the region, to share waste management and educational resources and jointly tender to minimise the costs to individual councils.
Primary services available to residents are:
- A waste collection service to residents in Ararat, Buangor, Elmhurst, Lake Bolac, Mount Cole, Moyston, Pomonal, Streatham, Warrak, Wickliffe and Willaura as well as along some of the transit routes around these areas.
- A recycling collection in Ararat (only)
- Waste, recycling and re-use drop off at our Transfer Stations in Ararat, Elmhurst, Lake Bolac, Moyston, Pomonal, Tatyoon, Streatham and Willaura.
Whilst some Councils across Victoria do provide an option for green waste collection - kerbside bin/or transfer station collection - the percentage, particularly in rural areas do not.
Ararat Rural City Council is currently unable to provide a kerbside bin collection service due to several factors:
- There are limited options for it to go to. Eg. no local compost/bio mass facility or no local re-processor
- There is not enough volume for feasibility in Council operating its own re-processing facility
- It is too expensive to transport green waste regularly to a re-processor that is not close by (the closest to Ararat is located in Bacchus Marsh). It is not a feasible option to transport to this site whether the waste is shredded or not
- Currently a large number of EPA legislation and restrictions on compost facility operations
Many Councils do not take green waste at all.
Under Ararat Rural City Council's 'Fire Ready' project, 'Free Waste Vouchers'
are offered to ALL households across the municipality. This is to assist ALL residents to clean-up around their homes for the upcoming fire season.
The voucher also allows for the disposal of some items of hard waste as well.
The voucher period runs from November 1 through to January 31 each year - a far longer period than most Councils (which operate this service for only a week, two weeks or a month at most. Some not at all).
Council receives all sorted green waste at their transfer stations, where it is checked for contamination. The green waste received is generally shredded and composted then utilised around the region.
Ararat Rural City Council collaborate on waste management services with other Councils across Victoria, but particularly with 12 other Councils under the Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group - a State Government organisation designed to assist Councils, organisations, businesses and households with waste management issues/projects. This Group works in colaboration with with Sustainability Victoria and Deptartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.