11.40AM: ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council has all but actually said 'no'to a request by The Bulletin readers to reinstate 'dry rubbish days'.
After receiving 264 votes in an online poll within 24 hours, and 95% saying they wanted the service reinstated, The Bulletin took the matter to the council.
Here is the council's response:
Rockhampton Regional Waste and Recycling has considered the potential of bulk kerbside collection days, the council's acting chief executive officer Bob Holmes said.
Mr Holmes said major concerns had been identified which had restricted the implementation of this across the region.
He said concerns included:
- Residents pre-empting upcoming collection dates and stockpiling collections well in advance,
- Safety, aesthetic and health related issues from rubbish sitting in open air, and the potential to attract vermin,
- Potential for putrescible, hazardous and other types of waste to be placed kerbside rather than through correct measures of placing items within mobile bins provided,
- Scavengers spreading the rubbish into the street and waterways, becoming an environmental and safety hazard, and
- Materials from ageing buildings that contain asbestos left out in the open, acting as a safety hazard.
- Mr Holmes said the cost of bulk kerbside collections was over $300,000 a year.
Meanwhile, the poll continues to receive votes, with 345 votes recorded at 11.35am today, and still 95% supporting the idea to reinstate 'dry rubbish days'.
2pm Tuesday: THE BULLETIN readers are sending Rockhampton Regional Council a message - bring back dry rubbish days!
After a reader conversation on Facebook on the weekend, The Bulletin created a story online about the issue and set up a poll for readers to vote anonymously in to share their views on whether or not the region needed to reintroduce dry rubbish days.
One reader had pointed out during the conversation that there were dry rubbish days about 10 years ago.
In 24 hours since the poll was posted, there have been 264 votes cast and 95% say 'yes' to bringing back 'dry rubbish days'.
1.30PM Monday: THE FRIDGE breaks down and you get a new one.
But while you can get the new fridge delivered by the shop you buy it off, what do you do with the old one?
Not everyone has a ute, or access to a ute, to take it to the rubbish dump. So, most of the time, it gets relocated to a corner of the garage or back yard.
This week, readers, via a discussion on Facebook, have called for Rockhampton Regional Council to reinstated dry rubbish collections as a measure to clean up the region.
Many readers referred to other cities in Australia running the scheme, some every six months, others every couple of weeks.
"They used to do in Rockhampton," reader Karen Ricks said on Facebook.
"If they started doing it again, a lot of people would clean up the clutter from their yards. It is a great idea."
"I lived in Orange (NSW) for a while, and they have them every six months," Jodie Van De Wetering wrote.
"It's great for getting rid of stuff that would otherwise fill up the shed or lie around the yard looking like an eyesore, especially if you're new to town and don't know anyone with a trailer or tilly who can take it to the dump for you.
"Plus they had one the week after I moved there, so I scored most of the furniture I needed from the side of the road, including a working dryer."
Who knows? Maybe there will also be a reduction in illegal roadside rubbish dumping in the region at the same time.
Here is a link to the reader discussion about dry rubbish days: