KERBSIDE RECYCLING APPROVED
Kerbside recycling is on its way
IT’S been a long time coming but kerbside recycling will finally be a reality for households in the Whitsundays.
That is, as long as you already have a weekly wheelie bin service and at a potential cost of $140 per ratepayer, per year.
The decision to introduce kerbside recycling from mid-November was passed unanimously at this week’s Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in Proserpine.
Proserpine councillor John Collins was first to speak to the motion, saying he’d been approached by quite a few people concerned about the increase to rates they’d incur.
Others had told him they realised it was common sense and would ultimately cost less than landfill cells at the council dumps.
“I was leaning towards voting against it but I’m going to be supporting it today due to that influx of people in the last two weeks,” he said.
Airlie Beach councillor Jan Clifford said she regularly heard from people all over Australia and in fact the world who could not believe there was no kerbside recycling in the Whitsundays.
But Bowen councillor Mike Brunker said it wouldn’t actually reduce the Whitsundays’ carbon footprint.
“I support kerbside recycling, simply for the fact it’s a ‘warm and fuzzy’ and simply for the fact that people do expect us to do this ... but with our lack of population and with our geographical area, we have to cart all of our recyclables to Mackay, so we will have a contribution probably of more CO2 to the environment than what we do now,” he said.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said he had promised to introduce kerbside recycling as part of his election campaign.
Residents will notice a new charge on their rates bill from January 2018.
The charge will go towards bins and paying for collection and transport.
Each resident will receive a new 240-litre wheelie bin with a yellow lid.
UNIFIED: Whitsunday Regional councillors, seen here at the beginning of their term, have unanimously supported the introduction of kerbside recycling for November 2017.