SCENES FROM THE PAST

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

IN let­ters in the April 7 edi­tion , Jean­nie Hel­li­well (“Mind your busi­ness”) and CathyLu Wood­cock (“Good work done") take of­fence at me for sug­gest­ing in an ear­lier let­ter that the Town of Vic­to­ria Park should clean up its act by re­plac­ing the sys­tem of the un­sightly bulk rub­bish verge col­lec­tion with a skip bin ser­vice such the City of Bel­mont has.

Both praise their coun­cil that al­lows piles of rub­bish to lit­ter the streets for weeks be­fore col­lec­tion, which is made worse by the scat­ter­ing of it by what Ms Hel­li­well de­scribes as "peo­ple to pick over what is use­ful to them and take it away be­fore col­lec­tion date".

I be­lieve Ms Hel­li­well also tries to jus­tify this way of dis­posal of un­wanted goods by "the re­cy­cling of goods that may be of help to some less for­tu­nate folk in our com­mu­nity".

She also wrote "to have un­sightly blue bins on our verges for weeks at a time, car park­ing would be a night­mare in some ar­eas".

That’s un­true in the City of Bel­mont. On a week­day de­liv­ery, blue skip bins re­main on­site for two evenings and one day and for the week­end, de­liv­ered on a Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day and re­main on­site for the week­end.

Bel­mont also has ‘ Green­waste’ skip bulk bins, in which later the green waste is mulched, reused (re­cy­cled) and it re­duces the amount sent for land­fill. Th­ese bulk bins are avail­able up to four a year as a com­bi­na­tion.

Ms Wood­cock states that "peo­ple are too busy to want to or­gan­ise a skip...". Bel­mont res­i­dents make only a tele­phone call to ar­range a de­liv­ery of a bulk bin.

Ms Hel­li­well (who re­sides in Carlisle) sug­gests that when the res­i­dents of the Town of Vic­to­ria Park have their verge col­lec­tions that I "take a dif­fer­ent route rather than be up­set over the ap­pear­ances of our verges".

Bulk verge col­lec­tions in the in­ner metropoli­tan area be­long to the days past in the Town of Vic­to­ria Park; in the same pe­riod the lane-ways of Carlisle, of which many still ex­ist, were used by the night-carts. KEVIN BET­TRIDGE, River­vale.

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