Hunter Connor, of North Casino, had a recycling bin for a day after the council mistakenly delivered it to his unit.
Hunter Connor, of North Casino, had a recycling bin for a day after the council mistakenly delivered it to his unit. Cathy Adams

Recycling bins taken back

RESIDENTS in parts of Casino could be forgiven for feeling that Richmond Valley Council has treated them like second-class citizens when the recent recycling bins they received were taken back from them.

Hunter Connor, of Jenolan Units in North Casino, was surprised to hear that his newly-delivered recycling bin would be revoked, despite the fact he had partially filled it with recycled plastic bottles.

However, the mix-up was easily explained, Richmond Valley Council environmental health manager Peter Cotterill said.

The bins had been distributed to some ratepayers by mistake.

“So far we have only distributed our recycling bins to domestic customers,” he said.

“Those residents that we took the bins back from are classed as commercial customers due to our rating system.”

The units at Emmett Place are owned by the Catholic Church, which is classed by the council as a commercial entity.

Mr Cotterill said that the distribution of the bins was being done in two stages.

“This was so we could monitor how the recycling process was going,” he said.

“When we realised we had given some commercial premises bins it was cheaper to collect them back rather than give out bins to all the commercial premises at this stage.

“At this stage we only have enough bins for our domestic customers.”

Different councils seem to have different policies.

Ballina Shire Council water, sewerage and waste manager, Rod Dawson, said that commercial premises only received recycling bins if they paid for them.

“All residential premises are offered recycling and that includes Housing Commission areas.” he said.

At Lismore City Council, waste and water educationofficer Kevin Trustum said that under their system Housing Commission residences were rated residential as well.



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