WANGARATTA council will have to deviate from its contract with JJ Richards Waste in good faith as it negotiates a new deal for kerbside collection of recyclables.
Recycling in the rural city costs ratepayers $1.4 million per annum but this is likely to increase beyond the planned six per cent from July 1 following a ban from China on 24 types of recyclables due to contamination issues.
Council is currently in negotiations with JJ Richards.
Rural city director of infrastructure, Alan Clark, said although its contract is different to most other councils, the Rural City of Wangaratta will have to work with the waste company to promote the longevity of its partnership.
“We expect we’ll have to pay more under a temporary arrangement with JJ Richards and we’ll use an allocation from the $13 million State Government relief fund to help pay for this,” he said.