Parramatta Council enters new waste services contract with Suez

More than 30 new garbage trucks hit the streets last week as part of Parramatta Council’s new waste contract.

Its seven-year deal with Suez to provide domestic and commercial services such as garbage, recycling, garden organics and bulky kerbside collections is the council’s largest operating contract with an investment of $65 million across the term of the agreement.

As part of the new contract, some households will have their bin collection days and times changed.

Parts of North Rocks changed from Tuesday to Monday, part of Northmead went from Monday to Tuesday while most of Carlingford is changing from Monday to Wednesday or Friday.

“We know waste matters are a priority for our residents and our commitment as a new council is to ensure we maintain high standards and seek opportunities to improve on our service delivery across the LGA,” lord mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

“The streamlined service will deliver savings to the majority of residents in areas that weren’t part of the former Parramatta Council’s LGA when compared to the fees paid to their previous councils. Other residents will continue to enjoy the lowest waste charges in the region, with no increase in their waste service fees.”

The NSW Local Government’s 2016 Community Satisfaction Survey rated council’s waste services, in which Parramatta scored the best result across all the newly-established councils.

In 2016-17, the council collected more than 68,000 tonnes of garbage, recycling and garden organics with 72 per cent diverted from landfill. The best recyclers by suburb relating to weight and least contamination are Carlingford, Epping, North Rocks and Oatlands.

The council is keen to work with the community to encourage all residents to improve on their waste awareness.

The new trucks are more efficient and provide a significant reduction in emissions, according to Suez chief executive Mark Venhoek. “They also feature innovative on-board computing technology which will provide council with the real-time tracking of vehicles and up-to-date information on the collections services being provided to residents,” he said.