Twenty per cent not enough to keep kerbside
  • Wednesday 08 December 2010

Sunshine Coast Council will discontinue its kerbside cleanup service, deciding at its Ordinary Meeting today that $900,000 was too much to pay for a service only used by 20% of residents.

Waste and Resources Management Wayne Schafer said that every resident paid $6 per year for the kerbside service regardless of whether they used it or not.

“Council will now liaise with small private operators and community groups to establish an alternative service,” Mr Schafer said.

“That means those residents who do want to remove bulk refuse from their homes can contact a local business and receive a convenient, on call, user pays system. Council will also set up an advisory line to direct residents to an appropriate operator.

“The kerbside clean up wastes an awful lot of recyclable items as once they are put out on the nature strip, it only needs to rain for them to become useless.

“The best thing council can do is provide solid recycling avenues for residents when they want to change or upgrade items such as TV’s or furniture.”

Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Keryn Jones said council had a responsibility to spend ratepayer dollars on services that were beneficial to all residents.

“Residents can recycle many items for free at council recovery stations and recycle markets,” she said.

“Recycle Markets are community-run and accept items that can be re-sold at low cost such as children's play equipment, garden tools, furniture, working TV's, ceramics, furniture, DIY materials and re-usable building materials.

“What’s great about this is that you might not want that old TV cabinet, but someone else might be looking for a renovation project at minimal cost, that’s a real win-win.

“Items that are re-homed at the recycle markets might have another 20 years of use—there’s a real market for this stuff, it’s such a shame to see it wasted.”

Recycle markets operate at Eumundi, Caloundra, Beerwah and Buderim and details can be found at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

“Another thing to remember is that a lot of things picked up at the kerbside clean ups can be disposed of for free at any time, things like microwaves, computers, de-gassed fridges and car bodies,” Cr Jones said.

Residents can dispose of the following items for free at resource recovery centres:

  • car exhausts
  • steel
  • metal
  • clothing and clean rags
  • computers
  • engine oil (in domestic quantities)
  • paint and hazardous chemicals (domestic quantities only)
  • all things that are accepted in the yellow lidded recycling bin.

For more information, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au