McIver Lane in Woolgoolga has become a meeting place for wheelie bins, old and new.  Photo: BRUCE THOMAS 05122803
McIver Lane in Woolgoolga has become a meeting place for wheelie bins, old and new. Photo: BRUCE THOMAS 05122803

Recyclables rebound

By UTE SCHULENBERG

HAROLD Gardner believes the fortnightly kerbside collection of recyclables is not enough.

The Woolgoolga resident said having an entire bin dedicated to recycling means more items are making their way into it.

"A lot of the items that were previously going into the rubbish are now going into the recycling," Mr Gardner said.

"I have two bins in my kitchen ? one for recycling and one for rubbish. I am conscious that the tomato juice carton now goes into the recycling, whereas before it went into the rubbish.

"A lot of recyclables are bulky and fill the bin quickly.

"They should be collected weekly."

An overpopulation of bins was another problem Mr Gardner pointed out.

"The number of bins for our block tripled when the new bins arrived plus the old bins were still by the roadside.

"We asked for one set of bins for the block, but that is not enough when it comes to the recycling.

"Then at one stage the bins went feral and started turning up all over the place."

General manager of Coffs Harbour City Council, Steve Sawtell, said he was aware of the problem but altering the contract was not an option.

"We will be looking into it in the New Year to work out what can be done."



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