Kerbside re­cy­cling is on its way

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sharon Smallwood

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.

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