Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Carruthers Peter.Carruthers@whit­sun­day­

KERB­SIDE re­cy­cling will go ahead af­ter the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil hit the pause but­ton on the project in the wake of a Four Corners ex­pose.

A re­view of the pol­icy was held two weeks ago in which the coun­cil’s aim was to pre­vent re­cy­clable ma­te­rial be­ing buried in land­fill.

A rate in­crease of $140 for a full year will be in­curred by prop­erty own­ers, how­ever in the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year, a fee of $70 will be charged as the charge will not be added to rates no­tices un­til Jan­uary 2018.

For­mer mayor and Divi­sion 6 coun­cil­lor Mike Brunker voted in favour of the orig­i­nal kerb­side re­cy­cling pro­posal but stated it was a “warm and fuzzy thing for the Whit­sun­days to do”.

“If peo­ple say ‘we are do­ing this for the en­vi­ron­ment’ we say, well no, you are not,” he said.

“If we are do­ing it strictly for the en­vi­ron­ment we are cre­at­ing more CO2 go­ing into the at­mos­phere when we have to truck all our waste to Mackay or Townsville.”

Cr Brunker said the num­bers had been crunched dur­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion six years ago and was pre­sented in a re­port by Scott Hardy.

At the pol­icy re­view Cr Brunker said he wanted to en­sure the coun­cil was not pay­ing for some­thing that was “a waste of time”.

“We have asked our staff to phys­i­cally track what our rub­bish will be do­ing. I don’t want it go­ing to a land­fill up in Mackay,” he said.

“I just wanted to make sure our re­cy­cling is be­ing re­cy­cled.”

Ar­eas cov­ered are all prop­er­ties which cur­rently re­ceive a weekly wheelie bin garbage col­lec­tion but some unit com­plexes may not be pro­vided with the ser­vice straight away.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil has con­sid­ered in­tro­duc­ing kerb­side sev­eral times in re­cent years but fi­nally in 2017 the coun­cil has bowed to com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions and taken the re­cy­cling plunge.

“The time is right to in­tro­duce the ser­vice now. Many visitors from around the world find it hard to un­der­stand why a pris­tine tourism des­ti­na­tion on the doorstep of the Great Bar­rier Reef does not re­cy­cle,” a spokesper­son said.

Re­cy­cling con­trac­tors will di­rect haul the re­cy­clable ma­te­rial from Air­lie Beach, Can­non­vale and Proser­pine to the MRF fa­cil­ity in Mackay.

Bowen and Collinsville re­cy­clables will ei­ther be di­rect-hauled to Mackay or pos­si­bly to a new plant in Townsville.

The Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil said the col­lec­tions will be­gin on Novem­ber 13.


RE­CY­CLE: A back­hoe com­presses card­board at the Carlo Drive trans­fer sta­tion.

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