TAMWORTH residents could have their recycling rights revoked if random bin inspections show they have a rubbish track record.
Council will look for community feedback on a proposed scheme to limit the amount of inappropriate waste going into green and recycling bins and Tamworth.
Under the scheme, council staff or contractors will be able to randomly inspect bins prior to collection.
If there is “gross contamination” found by a bin inspector, the residents will be notified with a sticker on the bin or a letter.
If there’s four instances of contamination, council will remove the bin and suspend the household’s collection service for three months.
The policies are aimed at limiting contamination in kerbside green and recycling bin collections, which can be a “significant issue”.
“In respect to contaminated greenwaste collection bins, contamination creates additional workload for landfill staff and greenwaste processing contractors,” waste manager Dan Coe said in his report to council.
“Contamination can be hazardous to staff during the handling process and causes a reduction in the quality of the processed greenwaste material, i.e. mulch.”
The report said contamination could also be hazardous for recycling and landfill staff during the sorting process and could cause damage to equipment.
The recycling contamination rate in Tamworth is 10.3 per cent, slightly higher than the state average of 7.2 per cent.
Council will continue to undertake community waste and recycling education, including notices to households, items in the community newsletter and the school education program.
Tamworth Regional Council will vote on the draft policy at its Tuesday night meeting.
If the bin inspection motion is passed, the policy will go on public display for 28 days giving the community the opportunity to comment.