Call to re­turn pick-up

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - JA­NINE WAT­SON ja­nine.wat­[email protected]­s­coas­tad­vo­

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.

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