1000 tonnes of waste collected in River Murray flood clean-up

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About 1000 tonnes of waste has been collected from kerbsides in river communities as the River Murray flood clean-up continues.

The flood event in early 2023 is among the most significant natural disasters in South Australia’s history, with about 4000 properties impacted by floodwaters.

Green Industries SA (GISA), the state government agency for disaster waste management, is co-ordinating the clean-up activity in affected areas using local contractors.

Susan Close, Deputy Premier of South Australia, said with disaster waste recovery happening, residents and businesses along the River Murray can expect to see a lot of activity in the coming weeks.

“Since roads became more accessible, local crews have removed more than 1000 tonnes of waste up and down the river. This includes sand from sandbags to be reused in the rebuilding and repair of the region, and scrap metal that will be reprocessed at an Adelaide facility,” Close said.

Throughout the clean up, 1696 registrations for clean-up assistance were submitted, 935 free waste disposal vouchers were issued and 1,167.45 tonnes of waste collected, 62 per cent of which is set to be recycled and/or reused.

More work is set to start under the primary contractor Disaster Management Australia (DMA), a subsidiary of the John Lyng Group, which has led similar flood clean-ups in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

DMA will expand River Murray flood clean-up activity and conduct structural assessments and hazardous waste removal, including the safe removal of asbestos at no cost to property owners.

The option for demolition for properties too severely impacted for repair is also expected to be offered at no cost to property owners.

For more information, visit: minister.homeaffairs.gov.au

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