SCENES FROM THE PAST
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.