Coun­cil: man­age your rub­bish

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

OVER­FLOW­ING rub­bish has left Tweed res­i­dents fum­ing about hy­giene con­cerns as the sum­mer months loom closer.

Tweed Heads West res­i­dent An­drew Dal­glish said the red garbage bins on his street were usu­ally filled to the brim with rub­bish, at­tract­ing ibis.

“They at­tack the plas­tic bags to get their food and pull the plas­tic bags to pieces,” he said.

Af­ter find­ing a vile of blood ly­ing on the street out­side a bin, Mr Dal­gish said the coun­cil should take more re­spon­si­bil­ity in en­sur­ing over­flow­ing rub­bish doesn’t be­come a prob­lem.

“Ev­ery­one that’s af­fected by big flocks of ibis, like we are by the river, should be pro­vided with a larger bin and you’re go­ing to al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem,” Mr Dal­glish said.

But Tweed Shire Coun­cil waste man­age­ment co­or­di­na­tor Rod Daw­son said there wouldn’t be a prob­lem if res­i­dents man­aged their waste bet­ter.

“What we’re find­ing with bins that are over­flow­ing is that they’ve still got a lot of re­cy­clables that shouldn’t be in there,” he said.

“At the end of the day, there’s not much more to go in your bin but plas­tic and pack­ag­ing.

“(For) an ex­tra $14 a year you can get a larger bin that will dou­ble the ca­pac­ity of the smaller bin.”

FULL: Tweed bins flow over.

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