Coast residents gate-trash Noosa clean up

CAN DO BETTER: Noosa Councillor Joe Jurisevic visits Brite Side recycling shop and Noosa Landfill as a report into Noosa kerbside clean-up is released.
CAN DO BETTER: Noosa Councillor Joe Jurisevic visits Brite Side recycling shop and Noosa Landfill as a report into Noosa kerbside clean-up is released. Geoff Potter

SUNSHINE Coast Council may have rejected a Noosa-inspired attempt to bring back kerbside clean-ups, but their ratepayers have voted with their bulk trash by dumping it on the sidewalks of their de-amalgamated neighbours during the recent collections north of the border.

"Some Sunshine Coast Council residents were observed dumping items in Noosa Shire at Peregian Beach and Doonan," a report to Noosa Council said.

"This caused dismay to some Noosa residents who discovered piles of material on adjacent land or in front of their residence."

Another concern was the high visibility of the rubbish that was left out, detracting from the amenity of the area during high profile events staged in Noosa.

The council report said:

"A few complaints were received in regard to poor aesthetics related to waste stored on the kerbside in high profile areas, particularly during the Noosa Food and Wine Festival, Anzac Day and the Noosa Ultimate Sports Event."

A number of key recommendations are expected to be adopted for next year as council weighs up the results of the mostly-welcome return to bulk roadside collections.

This council review suggests contractors should prioritise high profile roads next time "so fewer tourists see the piles of kerbside junk".

Councillor Joe Jurisevic is the first to admit that not all went smoothly with the reintroduced service.

Councill collectors were swamped by the response.

"It's like with any process, when you first do something, you do a review and ask what did we do well, what can we do better?" he said.

"The community responded overwhelmingly to the opportunity of having the collection back.

"The majority of people were pleased - we said we'd bring it back and the response was positive.

"But whether this is the best means, or the most effective way of disposal, there's still a question in my mind.

"But the community likes this service and people are prepared to pay for it."

Cr Jurisevic said council, before next collection, needs to "look at the items that are out there and ask how can we prevent them from ending up in landfill".

"One of the processes we've put in place through our waste management strategy, is to allow people the opportunity to dispose of unwanted items," he said.

"This is something I'm working on with council staff - we want to try and remind people that if they have household furniture that is in usable condition we have a Brite Side (recycling) shop where people can drop items off.

"If they've got scrap metal, it's free to leave it at the tip, same with a TV, or e-waste, or up to 20 litres of drained motor oil.

"The main thing we have to get through is we want to recover this resource - it's only waste when we don't value it."

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