Katherine Town Council will decide whether the town has a kerbside recycling service or not.
The NT Environment Protection Authority today said the community survey, released this week, and other community consultation will help decide whether recycling is introduced into the town.
The EPA said the council needed to develop a waste management strategy as a result of the performance agreement reached as a result of last year's Territory Day tyre fire action.
Council signed a deal with the EPA to develop the strategy to avoid legal action as a result of an illegal tyre dump located behind the showgrounds.
In the survey, council has asked residents whether they are prepared to pay for a kerbside recycling service.
Under options put forward by the council this week, a yellow bin recycling service would cost between $3.50 to $14 per fortnight per household.
The EPA says "one of the deliverables under the performance agreement" is the development of the waste management strategy.
"The waste management strategy needs to include action items that relate to improved resource recovery and recycling," the EPA said in a statement today.
"The plan may include a kerbside recycling service. This will depend on the viability of the proposal and the outcomes of community consultation."
A council statement yesterday said the consultation will also involve "community displays" with dates and places still be organised, one-on-one stakeholder consultations and its waste management strategy fact sheet.
"The NT EPA will work collaboratively with KTC to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the agreement," the EPA said.
The council's survey can be found here.
The EPA's statement today puts the decision on whether the town has a recycling service or not in the hands of the council and it is not being "forced to" by the EPA as had been incorrectly suggested by Katherine Times in recent articles on the tyre fire which we are pleased to now clarify.
The council's agreement with the EPA can be found here.
The EPA has required the council pay for an air monitoring station at the cricket oval which has been done.
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