Bulk-waste rejection rubbished

For a saving of just $7 per rated property, Sunshine Coast council is looking to can the kerbside bulk-waste collections.

Local Clean Up Australia coordinator Joe Jurisevic fears this could see Noosa’s bushland trashed even further.

The latest council recommendation is for Noosa residents to rely on private waste collectors to rid them of their accumulating household junk.

Mr Jurisevic has condemned the cost-cutting measure, which could save $900,000 a year.

He said it was a false economy because council would end up having to collect most of the rubbish from illegal tips.

“This (council recommendation) will have a huge impact on the environment,” Mr Jurisevic said.

“They are cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

“People will not pay the $12 a trailer load to take their rubbish to the council refuse tip, so they will find other places to dump it.

“There are already illegal bush dumping grounds in the bush, and every time council takes these sort of decisions it just makes things worse.”

Mr Jurisevic earlier this year called for the reinstatement of the former-Noosa Council’s free voucher tip-trip scheme to help combat the mounting cost after reporting a 50% increase in rubbish from the previous Clean Up Australia Day community collection – taking the tally to 6.2 tonnes.

He said the bulk kerbside collections made a lot of economic sense because the cost of collection would be spread across the whole Coast for the first time.

In the past under the three Coast councils, Noosa would have an annual bulk collection, Caloundra one every two years and Maroochy occasionally.

Council collection services coordinator Doug Barnes told councillors this week that historically, the participation rate for the kerbside collection of bulky waste was around 20%, which equated to a cost per service of approximately $28 per kerbside collection of bulky waste.

However, Mr Barnes said council bulk kerbside services were “generally provided at a lower cost due to the large number of services collectively provided within a shorter period of time”.

“Reintroduction of this service will add approximately $7 to the annual waste charge per rateable property.”

Mr Jurisevic said he believed Noosa ratepayers would be prepared to pay the small add-on for the service. He said it had worked well with much of the bulk waste collected by bargain spotters who picked over the piles before council’s recycling trucks moved in.


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