Reactivation of Regional Waste Strategy Reference Group – Handybin Ltd writes to all Councillors


Last Thursday night the Coffs Harbour City Council voted unanimously voted to reactivate the Regional Strategy Reference Group. The motion, proposed by Councillor Townley, envisions future waste strategies for consideration that would include improved organics waste diversion, current landfill capacity future landfill options, and diversion options for bulky goods, construction and industrial streams and commercial streams.

Below is a letter sent on Friday 14 May after that vote to al CHCC Councillors by Handybin Ltd.

A similar letter, dated 14 May too, was also sent by Mr Alex Guise, Operations Manager, Biomass Ltd wherein it was stated; “In a bid to minimise these and other impacts, Biomass Solutions has previously provided Coffs Harbour Council with several cost saving alternatives and looks forward to progressing these discussions

Handybin letter to Councillors

“Handybin enthusiastically welcomes Coffs Harbour City Council’s decision to reactivate the Regional
Waste Strategy Reference Group, and we would like to take this opportunity to offer our ongoing
involvement and support.


As the collection and recyclables processing contractor to Bellingen, Nambucca and Coffs Harbour
Councils since 2005, Handybin has various resources that would assist the Regional Waste
Strategy Reference Group and we would be pleased to be involved to the extent requested by the
Reference Group.


Handybin has extensive experience and expertise, which I believe will assist the Regional Waste
Strategy Reference Group immediately and specifically in relation to two of the four future waste
strategies proposed by Councillor Townley, being:
 Improved organics waste diversion; and
 Diversion options for bulky goods, construction and industrial streams and commercial
streams.


Further to Council’s resolution to reactivate the Regional Waste Strategy Reference Group, I wish to
clarify and restate Handybin’s position regarding confidentiality of all Arbitrations with Coffs Harbour
City Council.

Handybin agrees to all Councillors and General Managers of Nambucca Valley Council
and Bellingen Shire Council and Coffs Harbour City Council being provided with any information in
relation to all three Arbitration cases with respect to the collection and recyclables processing
contracts, without limitation and including the final Awards and any costs Awards.


We look forward to the timely reactivation of the Regional Waste Strategy Reference Group and
hope to work closely and cooperatively with the Councils over the next six years of the current
contracts.”

9 thoughts on “Reactivation of Regional Waste Strategy Reference Group – Handybin Ltd writes to all Councillors

  1. What a farce unbelievable what they are saying they have got very short memories of what was promised by biomass 👎🏻 Handy bin owner is part owner of biomass here they go making out they’re the gurus of of waste management !!!!! They have a hide 👎🏻 What a joke I just hope councillors have a long think about these companies!!!!

    1. You should try to collect some facts Zeno.
      Here is one you can check out. Mr Raby, councill’s minder for Mr McGrath, continually refused to meet with an operative from Handy Bin. The latter wanted to offer a cheaper option for waste disposal.

      1. Maybe the contractors should get a new manager 👍one who can remember what he promised!! Good on council for finally standing up to these thugs! Let someone you know step up and be a manager 🤔really you should get your facts right don’t listen to him. Have a great day 👍

        1. One wonders at why Zeno will not disclose the fact the tip was there first, he is happy to do TV, Radio, Social Media, Council meetings & complain about his miserable 40 years at the property but not once stated he moved knowing full well that an active tip was there and was creating odours. I have a suggestion Zeno – MOVE!

          Oh that’s right, perhaps you need the tip shut so property valuations will rise before you can do this?

          1. No name the fact is BIOMASS has been there 16 years operating appalling 👍 fact !! If you think it is fine for the community to except the current problems at the hole site then you have the problem the expectation of the community to the problems there are far greater than yourself!! It really is not relevant in these situations how long I have lived there it’s just unexceptionable 👍 I hope you have have a great neighbour 🤔 have a great weekend NO name

            1. Mr Baston, not actually sure what your argument is in all this, i agree you shouldn’t have to put up with the smell from the landfill, my suggestion is you move if it impacts you that much. You clearly continue to ignore the fact you moved there knowing the tip was there already and had been long established. You now blame a company that you have confirmed has been there 16 years yet you’ve had 41 years of problems. Forgive my maths but 41-16=25 years of problems before Biomass. Wow, you sure are a gluton for punishment. Sell up my friend, i’m sure the blueberry farmers you sold off most of your farm to will purchase a little bit more and then you can move on with your life (oops!, i keep forgetting the price will go up if the tip is closed).

              CCO Editor: This discussion is now going around in circles. As such this is the last comment on this topic that will be accepted

  2. Back on 11 May I had this to say about our festering waste problem;

    “Without going too deeply into what that is I can say it convinces me that the CHCC needs to now urgently allow the release of the adjudicator’s findings in favour of Biomass from August last year.”

    Now we have this statement above in a letter to all Councillors;

    “Handybin agrees to all Councillors and General Managers of Nambucca Valley Council
    and Bellingen Shire Council and Coffs Harbour City Council being provided with any information in relation to all three Arbitration cases with respect to the collection and recyclables processing contracts, without limitation and including the final Awards and any costs Awards.”

    The time for CHCC prevarication and tardiness on this to stop is now here. Some Councillor needs to move a motion to require the CHCC to make public the Adjudicator’s decision in Biomass v CHCC handed down in August of last year.

    What are they hiding? And why are they hiding it?

  3. For the second time in almost a week now I have read the following, or similar, from Biomass;

    “in a bid to minimise these and other impacts, Biomass Solutions has previously provided Coffs Harbour Council with several cost saving alternatives and looks forward to progressing these discussions.“

    That sounds interesting, potentially excellent, news to me. I’d love to know what these “cost saving alternatives” are and what the Coffs Harbour City Council’s response to these initiatives has been.

    So Councillor’s what has Council’s Executive told you about these and why is it we, the rate paying public, seem to be being treated like mushrooms, yet again in regards to this news?

    Waiting with ‘bated breath’ but expecting the usual condecending silence, etc, etc, etc.

    Rikki

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