Container vending machines suggested
A PLAN to install vending machines to service the state’s new container refund policy may be the solution to preventing a build-up of rubbish at drop sites.
In a meeting at Bowen last week, Whitsunday Regional Council proposed the implementation of automated collection for cash units instead at community drop bins.
The council hopes that by making the practice more convenient for people to use it will encourage residents to participate.
“They are similar to a vending machine and you put your can or bottle into the machine and it reads the barcode to make sure it’s an eligible product, then it tallies it all up and spits out money,” Cr Jan Clifford said.
“I’m thinking we put them in supermarket carparks where we have big stores.
“I don’t think the current collection points are in convenient places for the average person.”
Cr Clifford said the idea came about following complaints from the public that rubbish at drop sights was becoming unsightly.
She said residents had asked why these units aren’t used in the Whitsundays.