RE­CY­CLING ON THE CARDS

Re­cy­cling on the kerb to be dis­cussed

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

“ONE man’s trash is an­other man’s trea­sure.”

This could be a re­al­ity if Dave Free­man’s idea for a tip shop lo­cated at the Can­non­vale Trans­fer Sta­tion goes ahead.

“If we have a tip shop we can de­ter­mine if some­thing is rub­bish or if some­thing is of value and can be re­cy­cled,” he said.

“When peo­ple throw out a bi­cy­cle they don’t want, a tip shop can be used as a lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vice.”

Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox said there was merit to this idea.

“It’s a great idea – any­thing we can do to re­duce land­fill is a great idea,” he said.

“If we can re­use things and of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for some­one with kids who have had a growth spurt then there is noth­ing wrong with it,” he said.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil will meet next week to re­view its waste man­age­ment strat­egy.

If ap­proved, the coun­cil will seek to im­ple­ment a num­ber of pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing kerb­side re­cy­cling.

Cr Will­cox said he was per­son­ally in favour of the idea but there was still work to do.

“I’m very sup­port­ive of it as long as we can work it out in the right way,” he said.

“I don’t want to have a huge cost im­po­si­tion and if there will be I will let peo­ple know up­front.”

Whit­sun­day res­i­dent TJ Ben­de­ich said kerb­side re­cy­cling would be an im­por­tant step to­wards tackling a cul­tural prob­lem.

“Peo­ple who live here, whether for two years or 15, have be­come ap­a­thetic and don’t ap­ply them­selves to col­lect ev­ery­thing and take it to the tip,” she said.

“What we have to do is reignite peo­ple’s obli­ga­tion to re­cy­cle.”

Peo­ple can cur­rently re­cy­cle at the Can­non­vale Trans­fer Sta­tion lo­cated at Carlo Drive.

Other re­cy­cling pri­or­i­ties to be con­sid­ered in­clude ad­dress­ing ru­ral waste in­fra­struc­ture pro­vi­sion ser­vices, sim­pli­fy­ing the waste man­age­ment rates struc­ture, re­duc­ing organic ma­te­rial in land­fill, de­vel­op­ing en­gi­neered land­fill cells and im­prov­ing data man­age­ment.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

WE WANT AC­TION: TJ Ben­de­ich, Dave Free­man and Ben Adri­aans think re­cy­cling is ev­ery­one's obli­ga­tion.

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