Kerbside recycling to come at last
WHENEVER a friend from elsewhere visits me here in the Whitsundays, they can scarcely believe we don’t have kerbside recycling. And it’s easy to see why. When I left my home city of Bristol in the UK at the tender age of about 21, we were already kerbside recycling with vigour.
And that was about 20 years ago.
Add to that what “brand Whitsundays” stands for and to not recycle here just doesn’t stack up.
As our mayor Andrew Willcox said this week, the Whitsundays is synonymous with clean, green, pristine living.
Not being able to recycle, is not.
So I agree that Tuesday was a momentous day in the history of our communities.
Whitsunday Regional Council should be applauded for finally taking that step to implement a service we should have had years ago.
Of course there are reasons why we haven’t had kerbside recycling for all this time.
Our remote geographical location and relatively small population does pose some challenges.
And it will also mean a cost.
At this stage council estimates it will add $140 per year to our rates.
I hope it’s a cost ratepayers are happy to bear.