Dot Brown loads recyclables into her car to take to a friend’s place, but says other caravan park residents do not have cars and have no opportunity to recycle.
Dot Brown loads recyclables into her car to take to a friend’s place, but says other caravan park residents do not have cars and have no opportunity to recycle. Trevor Veale

Recycling is a winner for Dot

DOT Brown was thrilled to see Coffs Harbour City named this week as the State's top recycler and wishes she could be part of the effort.

But the only way the Woolgoolga resident can recycle is by taking her bottles and cans by car to a friend's place.

Mrs Brown lives at the privately-owned Sunset Caravan Park which does not recycle, but her sister lives at the council-run Sawtell Beach Caravan Park, which does have recycling bins, and Dot wants to know why the council cannot provide recycling bins for Sunset.

Sunset Caravan Park owner Eric Thompson said he had not been approached by residents about recycling but was willing to provide it if the residents were prepared to pay.

He said the park's bulk rubbish bin was collected by Handybin under a private contract and the green waste was taken to the tip for recycling.

He said his last monthly bill for garbage was $1009, it would cost him more to provide recycling and he was trying to keep the park rates as cheap as possible

“We had a chap doing bottle recycling but he took (the bin) away because people never do the right thing and there was everything except bottles in there,” Mr Thompson said.

A Coffs Harbour City Council spokeswoman said the council paid for recycling facilities in its caravan parks “because we think that is what we should do", but the decision was up to each business.



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