Byron councillors voted to back a plan to have residents haul their bulky cast-offs to the tip.
Byron councillors voted to back a plan to have residents haul their bulky cast-offs to the tip.

Byron to lose kerbside pick-ups

BYRON Shire's beloved annual kerbside pick-up is gone after councillors voted to back a plan to have residents haul their bulky cast-offs to the tip instead.

Under the council's decision, residents will be allowed once a year to drop off up to 150kg of "permissible unwanted items" at the Myocum tip for free.

The new plan kicks in from July.

The annual kerbside pick-up had become a popular fixture for the shire, with residents using it as an opportunity to go op-shopping through each other's cast-offs.

However, Cr Richard Slater, who is a member of Byron Shire Council's Water, Waste and Sewer Advisory Committee, said the pick-up also had problems.

The service excluded rural residents. However, some of those residents chose to dump their unwanted goods by the sides of roads ad in public reserves anyway, creating piles of "unsightly and unsafe" rubbish the council ended up having to collect anyway, adding to the cost of the pick-up.

"The kerbside pick-up made sustainable waste management difficult," Cr Staples said.

Cr Staples said the new system would mean that households could take an original copy of their July rates notice at any time to the Myocum landfill and dispose of up to 150kg of unwanted bulky items.

"Regardless of whether a person lives in town or in a rural area, residents can now dispose of unwanted bulky goods in one go when it suits them.  If you are moving house, or getting ready for visitors, unwanted items can be dropped at the landfill then, rather than waiting for it to be picked up at a time that is less convenient," he said.

For households who are renting, a voucher system will be setup to allow for the landfill drop off.

Cr Staples said the new program also aimed to reduce illegal dumping of unwanted materials throughout the rest of the year.

Another added benefit would be that the bulky goods will be better sorted at the landfill, with items able to be sourced for the Recycle Shop at the Myocum Landfill.

Items that can be dropped off as part of the 150kg of bulky items include appliances, furniture, bedding, carpet, surfboards, garden equipment, fridges, stoves, ovens, dishwashers, filing cabinets, washing machines and dryers, lawn mowers, bikes, metal bed bases and hot water systems.

Byron Shire Council currently has free drop off facilities for computers, televisions and other electronic waste. Sorted recyclables can also be dropped at Myocum for free.



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