Kerbside rubbish may be scrapped
KERBSIDE hard rubbish collections in Byron Shire may be stopped in favour of a new proposal that would allow residents to take rubbish to the Myocum landfill for free.
The current kerbside collection service has been popular with the community but a council report found the scale of illegal dumping was a "source of distress" for many residents in 2011.
The author of the report and council's executive manager of water and recycling, Phil Warner, said kerbside collections encourage an "escalating" culture of dumping and scavenging.
"People might feel there are positives from scavenging but there are also a great deal of negatives because it means once-neat piles of waste become incredibly messy, with items getting spread across lawns and onto roads," Mr Warner said.
"The bulky waste service is also not extended to the rural areas and one of the obvious consequences is that a great deal of waste is illegally dumped on roads leading into urban areas," Mr Warner said.
The cost of hiring a contractor for kerbside collections in 2011 was $99,091.30, while the cost of cleaning up piles of illegally dumped waste was $25,500.
Four possible options for disposing of hard rubbish in the shire will be voted on at council's ordinary meeting on Thursday.
Mr Warner's report recommends councillors back a new option, which would allow residents to dispose of one cubic metre of bulky waste and one cubic metre of metal waste at the Myocum landfill for free.
Residents who can present an original rates notice for the financial year would be allowed to use the scheme once a year, while people in rental properties would need to get a landfill voucher by showing council a current rental agreement.