Media Response Waste Charges

Questions and Responses

Does your council charge a separate waste charge?

Monash does not currently have a separate waste charge.

If so, have you determined what the household increase will be for the next year in both dollar terms and percentage?


If not, will you be increasing the council rates by the whole 2.25%?

Monash Council applied to the Essential Services Commission to approve a rate cap variation of 3.53% in the wake of China’s ban on receiving some recycled materials and an increased net cost to Council of $1.5m. On 5 June Council received notice that the ESC had approved only a slight rate cap variation to 2.57% for 2018-19.

Or are you considering introducing a separate waste charge?

It is something Council is now having to consider. This slight rate cap variation is not adequate to help us meet the increased costs from the loss of the rebate we were previously receiving from recycling companies for our recycling materials and the extra costs we will now incur. If introduced a waste charge would be applied to all ratepayers at an average cost of around $20 a year.

Is there any additional information I should know about the waste issue and its impact on councils?

The net cost of the recycling crisis to Monash Council is $1.5 million a year. 

Provided to: Nine News

Date: 15 June 2018

Quoting: Mayor Paul Klisaris