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Talking rubbish

Monday, 4th March, 2013

By Kurtis J Eichler

Mayor Wincen Cuy says fortnightly rubbish collection could be investigated, but homeowners and a councillor say they're dead against it.

The debate comes as 'The Advertiser' reported on Saturday that two waste management authorities said there was less of a need to collect rubbish weekly.

Suburban mayors rallied behind the calls, with some suggesting a six month trial during winter when the stench of garbage would be less of an issue.

The Local Government Association says fortnightly collections could prompt residents to better manage their waste and reduce the amount of recyclable and green waste items that ended up in landfill.

Mayor Wincen Cuy said the idea could be investigated. "I suppose everything has to be put forward and I think it could be investigated," Cr Cuy said.

"It doesn't suit everybody because there are lots of people who wouldn't support it and other people who would be quite happy with it.

"I think you'd have to put it out for community consultation".

But Deputy Mayor Darriea Turley said she was dead against a fortnightly collection and it wasn't on the council's radar.

"Households couldn't cope with that," Cr Turley said.

"Every household struggles with the waste and the government needs to start to address the packaging that our products come in and ways of reducing it.

"I'm forever struggling in my personal home with the packaging".

Residents vented their disdain over any plan to change to fortnightly rubbish collection on Facebook yesterday, some saying they couldn't cope without the usual collection.

"My bin would be overflowing by a fortnight - no thanks," one woman said.

Kerb-side recycling received overwhelming support from the community when City Council gauged its support and could be just three years off being introduced.

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