Bin ban leads to clothes col­lec­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

THE Town of Cam­bridge will col­lect house­hold cloth­ing twice a year af­ter ban­ning char­ity bins on public land.

Sev­eral amend­ments, put for­ward by coun­cil­lor Jane Powell, made to waste man­age­ment were adopted at the May 24 coun­cil meet­ing.

The Town will have two bulk verge col­lec­tions for green waste and junk at no charge to ratepay­ers, house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tions from drop-off sites at Brock­way Trans­fer Sta­tion or Bal­catta Re­cy­cling Cen­tre for no fee, weekly mat­tress col­lec­tions, house­hold e-waste twice a year, and house­hold cloth­ing and tex­tile col­lec­tions twice a year for no fee.

Cr Powell said the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to ban char­ity bins had con­se­quences that had to be ad­dressed.

“We agreed to get rid of char­ity col­lec­tion bins last month with no idea with what to do with the waste,’ she said.

“We need to pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive to hav­ing no do­na­tion bins. Af­ter Run for a Rea­son, jumpers were left be­hind and Vin­nies col­lected bags and bags of them.” Mayor Keri Shan­non did not agree. “I do not sup­port the coun­cil tak­ing on the cost of clothes col­lec­tions for char­ity,” she said.

“I do not agree that just be­cause we ban the char­ity bins that would mean ev­ery­thing goes to land­fills.”

Cr Cor­rine MacRae said the coun­cil needed to take ac­tion af­ter neg­a­tive feed­back.

The Town’s first char­ity drop-off day will be held on June 11 at its ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing carpark, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat, 9am to 3pm.

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