Sunshine Coast Council bin night rubbish collector kerbside bin generic. Photo: Sunshine Coast Council/File
Sunshine Coast Council bin night rubbish collector kerbside bin generic. Photo: Sunshine Coast Council/File

Bin service delayed over truck safety issue

Sunshine Coast residents are being advised to expect delays with council’s regular kerbside bin service after a safety issue was identified in some waste collection trucks.

In a statement, Sunshine Coast Council said its waste collections contractor had identified the issue during a routine inspection on the trucks and was working to restore full services as quickly as possible.

The issue has resulted in only a third of the trucks being available to carry out the normal collection service.

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Residents have been asked to put their bins on the kerbside the night before their normal collection delay and to leave them there until emptied.

The waste collection contractor will prioritise the collection of general waste bins (red lid), meaning recycling (yellow bin) and garden waste (light green lid) bins may not be emptied on the normal day.

Bins may also be emptied at an earlier or later time than usual and waste, recycling and garden waste bins may not all be emptied on the same day.

In some areas, collection services will run much later than normal and into the evening.

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Council’s group executive customer engagement and planning services’ James Ruprai apologised to residents for the delay.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this causes our community but the safety of our waste contractor drivers and other road users is our highest priority,” Mr Ruprai said.

“We will only return to the full service schedule when we are sure the trucks are safe once again.

“We are working with our waste contractor to fix the issue as soon as possible and will continue to update our community through our website and social media channels.”

The waste collection contractor will run extra shifts each day using the vehicles that aren’t affected.

Commercial bins serviced by front lift or rear lift vehicles should not be affected.

Residents are asked to leave their bins on the kerbside until they’ve been emptied, and to wait until Monday, August 10 before contacting council to raise any issues.


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