Call to return pick-up
A PETITION with almost 4000 signatures calling for the reinstatement of the bulky household waste kerbside collection was presented to Coffs Harbour City Council last week.
Karen Baff, who instigated the petition, said the bulky pick-up was ended with minimal consultation and the replacement voucher system cost was prohibitive for some locals.
Under the new system residents can apply for two userpay collections a year at $44 each (with rubbish collected from your home). These userpay collections are in addition to two free self-haul vouchers to take bulky household waste to Englands Road Waste Management Facility.
“For those who are elderly, infirm, pensioners, low income earners or those who do not own a trailer, the cost of the service can be prohibitive,” Ms Baff said in her petition.
“The vouchers are only redeemable at Englands Road tip, this is a long way for people who live on the outskirts of the Coffs Harbour City Council Area to travel to dispose of their bulk waste.”
To address the issue of cost, Councillor Sally Townley has asked that council staff prepare a report into the possibility of reducing the user-pay collections to $25.
In debating the matter Cr Paul Amos asked what the take-up had been since the $44 fee had been introduced but senior staff had to take this question on notice.
Coffs Harbour man Lindsay Townsend who was there to hear the discussion, was not impressed.
“I was amazed that the GM didn’t have any stats on hand to add to the debate,” Mr Townsend said.
“None of the councillors or staff I spoke to appear to have consulted other councils to see how they manage their bulky goods.”
NOT PRETTY: Some people have claimed the new system has led to an increase in illegal dumping.