Daintree says no to waste collection
RATEPAYERS and residents in the Daintree will stop receiving the general waste kerbside collection mandated by council after indicating limited support for the service.
General waste collection will cease for properties between Forest Creek Road and Emmagen Creek.
Council consulted ratepayers and residents north of the Daintree River by a mailout survey that reached 200 properties accessible for kerbside collection and 97 properties not accessible.
Of the properties accessible for kerbside collection, 5 per cent wanted kerbside collection, 37 per cent did not want it and 58 per cent did not respond.
Follow-up consultation with the 62 properties on Cape Tribulation Road returned similar results, with 8 per cent preferring kerbside collection, 30 per cent against it and 62 per cent not responding.
The residents who did respond were worried about the visual amenity of the bins and the likelihood of the bins being knocked over by wildlife as well as indicating low levels of waste generated and a lack of incentive to recycle.
Commercial properties were also concerned with the visual impact and interference from wildlife as well as limited space.
The issue was a hot topic during the recent Daintree Forum where it was indicated to council members that the service was redundant.
Mayor Julia Leu said Council was keen to continue discussions with Daintree residents and ratepayers on waste issues.
“Council will conduct further investigations into options for waste disposal for commercial properties in Cape Tribulation to alleviate pressure on the Cow Bay Transfer Station, along with methods to make waste management at the transfer station more sustainable,” Mayor Leu said.
The Mossman community at the White Ribbon Walk